Simple Method to Export Wireless Network Profile – Windows Vista

You might wonder what is the purpose to export wireless network profile, actually there are needs sometimes to export/import the network profile. You can export the network profile when you need to reinstall the Vista and import it again after the installation. Also you can export the network profile to other computers and save your time to configure wireless network setting.

Export Wireless Network Profile

1) Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> then click on Command Prompt (cmd.exe).

2) Command prompt window will open, then type netsh wlan show profiles and hit Enter button to show available wireless network profiles on this computer. In the following example, I have home-network and office-network wireless profiles.

netsh wlan show profiles

3) Ok! Let say I want to export home-network profile to a thumb drive (G:\wireless-profile), I issue the command netsh wlan export profile name="home-network" folder="g:\wireless-profile"

Note: This command usage: netsh wlan export profile name="profile-name" folder="the-folder-you-want-to-export-to"

Note: Here is another example by exporting the home-network profile to desktop’s wireless-profile folder: netsh wlan export profile name="home-network" folder="c:\users\Ivan\desktop\wireless-profile"

Export Wireless Profile

4) Then I go to my thumb drive folder (G:wireless-profile) and see there is an exported profile. Your network profile will be created as Wireless Network connection-"profile-name".xml

Exported Wireless Profile

Import Wireless Network Profile

Here I will show you how to import wireless network profile (home-network) on other computer from thumb drive (G:\wireless-profile).

1) Open the command prompt again, type netstat wlan show profile, and you will see no profile here. Then you type netsh wlan add profile filename="g:\wireless-profile\Wireless Network Connection-home-network.xml", you will then add the profile successfully on this computer. By default it will add to all user profiles, so everybody on this computer can see this new profile and use it.

Note: This command usage: netsh wlan add profile filename="location-of-the profile-you-want-to-import" user=current/all

Note: Here is the command to add the profile to current user: netsh wlan add profile filename="g:\wireless-profile\Wireless Network Connection-home-network.xml" user=current

Import Wireless Profile

2) If you open your Manage Wireless Networks window, you will see the new profile there. That’s it.. :o)

Show Added Wireless Profile

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