How Can I Find My Lost Wireless Key?

So, you’ve set your wireless network up and remembered that it needs securing. But you’ve forgotten the wireless key that you’ve used.


All is not lost though and you don’t need to reset your router either.

Instead you can download and use a tiny little program from NirSoft called WirelessKeyView which will help you out in an instant. What WirelessKeyView does is that it recovers all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) that are stored in your computer by the ‘Wireless Zero Configuration’ service found on Windows XP and by the ‘WLAN AutoConfig’ service of Windows Vista. It allows you to easily save all keys to text/html/xml file, or copy a single key to the clipboard.

recover a lost wireless key with WirelessKeyView

The program also comes with a workaround, found by clicking the icon underneath File, which will allow it to run on a Windows 7 machine.

WirelessKeyView is classed as Freeware meaning that it is totally free to use. Be advised, however, that a minority of antivirus programs have been known to detect this as a potentially malicious program but that is what is classed as a False Positive.

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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