I'm trying to figure out how to reconcile the wlan profiles I can show in cmd window vs. what my taskbar shows. They are different.

Does the task bar wifi show more RECENT wifi connections vs. the cmd prompt? I'm curious b/c sometimes my ISP will quit working and ahem I MAY have to borrow my neighbor's wifi.

Yes, I did research this for a bit, but nothing was helpful. thx

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    If you're talking about command netsh wlan show profiles then that shows only those "saved" WLAN profiles which you are connected and not all Wi-Fi SSIDs that are being broadcast or whatever. So the netsh wlan show profiles and what you see from the GUI taskbar for all network SSIDs the WLAN sees are not the same. Please clarify what specific netsh command you are running. Commented Dec 23, 2017 at 21:10
  • @IT Snuggles - that is the precise command - "netsh wlan show profiles" from Administrator cmd. So, how do I delete the saved profiles and save new SSID's that I come up to?
    – DATAfiend
    Commented Dec 24, 2017 at 19:44
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    @IT Snuggles - DOOOOD, you are the man!!! Many thx!. I've had this laptop for almost a year, so I'm assuming that the profiles that were on my laptop were from when I opened and booted up initially.
    – DATAfiend
    Commented Dec 25, 2017 at 16:50
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    @IT Snuggles - I think I just "greened" it.
    – DATAfiend
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 22:46

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how do I delete the saved profiles and save new SSID's

Delete Wi-Fi Profile


example source

Connect to Wi-Fi SSID


example source

Add Wi-Fi Profile with Passphrase

So you already know netsh wlan

If you enter it you get a list of possible commands. One is add.

If you enter netsh wlan add you get another list of possible subcommands. One is profile.

If you enter netsh wlan add profile you get a detailed explanation about all its possible parameters. One needed parameter is a XML file containing the profile informations.

So how to get such an XML file? Go back to netsh wlan and study the keywords. There is export.

If you enter netsh wlan export you get another list of possible subcommands. One is profile. It creates an XML in your local directory containing the needed informations for your current WiFi connection.

If you like to get the password in clear text, you'll also have to add the parameter key=clear. Make the whole command becoming

netsh wlan export profile key=clear

Here is an example which already contains the needed placeholders

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<WLANProfile xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/networking/WLAN/profile/v1">
 <MacRandomization xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/networking/WLAN/profile/v3">

Simply replace the keywords {SSID} (occurs two times) and {password} with the desired values and import that file by calling

netsh wlan add profile filename="myProfile.xml"


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