What do You do When Unable to Connect to a Wi-Fi Network Because of the Previous Password?

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If you are new to working with Wi-Fi networks, then changes made by family or friends can leave you in a bad situation with no connection. So how do you get connected again? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to help a frustrated reader get connected to their Wi-Fi network once again.

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The Question

SuperUser reader pratish wants to know how to remove an old Wi-Fi password and add the new one:

My brother changed the password for the Wi-Fi network I use to connect my laptop to the Internet when he moved to another city. I know the new password, but I am unable to connect to the Internet now because of the previously saved password.

How can I remove the old password and add the new one?

How can pratish fix this Wi-Fi password problem?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor BryanC has the answer for us:

The best way would be to delete or “forget” the network and connect to it fresh. To delete a wireless network connection in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. In the Tasks Pane, click Manage Wireless Networks.
  3. Right-click on the connection you want to delete, and then click Remove Network.
  4. In the Manage Wireless Networks – Warning Dialog Box, click OK.

Source: Delete a Network Connection in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 [TechNet – Microsoft]


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