Recover wireless network pass-phrase the easy way

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  1. Neemobeer

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    *NOTE* Please note this only works if you have at least one Windows computer that is able to connect to the wireless access point.

    *NOTE* This works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

    • Press the WinKey and type cmd
    • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
    • Type netsh wlan show profiles
    • You should get output similar to this
    User profiles
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    All User Profile : Starbucks WiFi
    All User Profile : attwifi
    All User Profile : D&B_Guest
    • Now type netsh wlan export profile name="D&B_Guest" folder="C:\" key=clear (replace name="<yournetwork>"
    • Now go to the folder location and open the the file <NetworkAdaptername - WirelessProfileName.xml> in this case Wi-Fi 2 - D&B_Guest.xml and look at the entry labeled KeyMaterial and you should see the wireless pass-phrase
     
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  3. Neemobeer

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    Of course there are a bunch of free utilities, I was just highlighting how to accomplish it without any 3rd party tools
     

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