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How to find out any wifi password?

Today I wanted to discuss a very useful tip to get a Wifi Password of a network that your machine used in the past. For software testers this knowledge is particular useful when dealing with lab equipment that was pre-set and required additional changes and modifications.
Imagen a scenario when you as a quality assurance analyst in the company have received a lab laptop that you need to install some software on it, and because of the type of the software you expect that pre-set wifi password for your network might be lost. Your first order of business will be to find out and back-up existing passwords, but how to do it? Here is a quick and easy way:

The only thing you need for that tip to work is Admin level access to the machine you are working on.
We begin by opening a Command Prompt with admin rights

Then we write the following command:

netsh wlan show profile

A list of existing wifi networks profiles will be shown, pick a name of the network you want to know the password to and run the following command:

netsh wlan show profile [NetworkName] key=clear

Make sure you replace [NetworkName] with an actual network name, so if your network name is MyNetwork, the command will look like this:

netsh wlan show profile MyNetwork key=clear
Then in the end of the results the password will be displayed in a clear text.

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