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How to Forget Wireless Networks in Microsoft Windows

When users connect to a wireless network, the operating system creates a profile and stores the information for that connection. The wireless network information saved is the SSID (the name of the network) and its security details (like the password and encryption it uses). If you don’t want your device to remember a certain wireless connection, you must delete, or ‘forget’, its network profile.

To Forget a Wireless Network:

  1. Press the Windows key i to open the Settings app.
  2. Click the Network and Internet option.
  3. Click Wi-Fi in the left panel.
  4. Click Manage Known Networks (Figure 1).
  1. Under Manage known networks, click on the network you wish to forget, and click Forget (Figure 2).

Figure 2:


The Wireless Network’s profile and connection details are now deleted.

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