One of the noticeable changes in Windows 8 was the exclusion of the Wireless Profile manager that was included in Windows 7. While there are a lot of third-party tools to change the priority of the networks you connect to, we’re going to show you how to do it natively in Windows 8.
How to See the Priority of Your Wireless Networks in Window 8
Sure there is no included GUI, but that’s never stopped us. To see a list of Wireless Networks you have joined and their priority open up an admin command prompt and run the following:
netsh wlan show profiles
How to Change the Priority of Your Wireless Networks in Window 8
So now that we have seen the priority of our wireless networks, you probably want to know how you can alter it. To do this we need a few pieces of information from the previous screenshot, namely the name of our interface, Wi-Fi in my case, and the name of the network we want to adjust the priority of. Once you have all that run the following:
netsh wlan set profileorder name=”w1r3l3$$” interface=”Wi-Fi” priority=1
Just replace w1r3l3$$ with the name of the network and Wi-Fi with the name of your network interface.
Now if I go back and check my profiles you will see that w1r3l3$$ has been bumped up.
That’s all there is to it.
Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+
- Published 12/21/12