Retrieve a Forgotten Wi-Fi Password in Windows 8 and Windows 10

Some people go months or even years without typing in their Wi-Fi password if your devices store it and log you into the network automatically.

If you have forgotten your Wi-Fi password, you can retrieve it quite easily from any PC that’s running either Windows 8 or Windows 10 as long as it’s currently logged into the network. So, here’s how:

  • Press the Win Key + R and type ncpa.cpl in the run box, then press the enter key;
  • Right click on your Wireless Network Connection and click Status;


  • Click on Wireless Properties;


  • Select the Security tab and click the box labeled Show characters. Your password for your connected wireless network will appear in the Network security key field.



Note: The above trick works only if you are connected to your Wi-Fi Netwrok and are logged in as administrator, otherwise you will be prompted by UAC for administrative credentials.

You can also check our previous post How to Find your Wireless Network Password.

I hope that this article helped you to understand how to retrieve a forgotten Wi-Fi password in Windows 8 and Windows 10. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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