Import Wireless Network Keys With WirelessKeyView

Martin Brinkmann
May 2, 2012
Updated • May 2, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Setting up a wireless network connection is a breeze on modern operating systems. All you need to do is pick the right wireless network from the available choices presented to you, and enter the security code that is used to secure the connection. A long passphrase with special characters and the like can make the process tedious, especially if you do not have the code in front of you when you enter it. Most computer users write down the code to avoid having to go back and forth checking up on the code and entering it on the computer.

If there are multiple devices that connect to the wireless network, the code needs to be entered on all devices that you want to use the wireless connection on. The same can be said if a computer connects to different wireless access points, as keys need to be entered for each individual network before connections can be established. Instead of having to do that manually, a software like WirelessKeyView can be used.

The latest version of the Nirsoft application supports the export and import of wireless network keys, which is useful if you are administrating or using multiple devices that connect to one or multiple wireless networks, or if company regulations require that access codes are changed regularly.

You need the code at least on one device before you can make use of the software's wireless connection key importing feature. Run the 32-bit or 64-bit version of WirelessKeyView, accept the UAC prompt, and select File > Export Selected Items to export the existing keys to a file.

Use File > Import Keys from Export File on other systems to import the wireless key configurations here. Instead of having to configure the connections manually on those devices, it works right out of the box after you have imported the keys.

Users of the program need to be aware of a number of limitations or issues:

  • Wireless keys are not protected or encrypted in the export file, which means that you should either use encryption to protect the files, or delete the export files after use and run a program like Eraser on the PC to make sure that it can't be restored anymore.
  • The wireless adapter needs to be active to use the import feature
  • Import on Windows XP systems is slow, and it may look as if the process hangs at times

Pro Tip: Check out Wireless Network Watcher to find out which computer systems are currently connected to your wireless network.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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