Windows 10 – Reveal saved WiFi password as unprivileged user

Home/Sufficiently privileged users can typically get the WiFi password of an Access Point that they are currently connected to by doing the following:

  1. Connect to the WiFi AP you want to un-mask the password for
  2. Right-click the WiFi symbol in the systray and select ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’
  3. Click ‘Change adapter settings’
  4. Right click the WiFi adapter
  5. In the WiFi Status dialog, click ‘Wireless Properties’
  6. Click the Security tab and then check ‘Show Characters’ – this should show your current Wifi password

However, there are cases where this option isn’t viable – either the machine is locked down and doesn’t let you select ‘Show Characters’ – or you are in a situation where you are not in range of the WiFi AP to actually connect. Try this via the Windows command prompt (cmd.exe):

Run this command to list the wifi profiles the machine knows about:

netsh wlan show profiles

Then show the password for a specific profile:

netsh wlan show profiles name=<profile> key=clear

Replace <profile> with your profile name / SSID.

The password should be shown in Key Content: field

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