I am attempting to clean out my dad's laptop, which is running Windows Vista. Somehow, he has managed to accrue 1,400 wireless networks in the "Manage Wireless Networks" control panel. Is there any easy way to clear this list short of reinstalling Windows?
The keys are stored in an XML file, apparently:
Q: What is the Registry location that Windows Vista stores the wireless key ?
A: Windows Vista doesn't store the wireless keys in Registry anymore. Instead, the keys are stored in the file system - under
c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles\Interfaces\[Interface Guid]. The
[Interface Guid]is a unique GUID value the represents your wireless network card. The keys are stored and well-encrypted inside the
.xmlfiles that you can find in the above path.
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You could use Autohotkey to simulate pressing the delete key and then ok 1400 times.
Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Manage Wireless Networks in the left pane
Right-click the ones you want to Remove, then delete. It might take a while.