It sometimes happens; you want to connect a new laptop, iPad or other wireless network enabled device to your wi-fi network only to discover that you can’t find the network security key. Knowing that your present laptop is already connected is only of help if you also know how to retrieve the password. Fortunately, it’s easy.
- Go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center
- Click on ‘Manage wireless networks’ in the left pane
This will display a list of all the wireless networks to which your computer has connected in the past and the type of security that each uses.
To retrieve the password, click to highlight the one that you want and secondary mouse button click (right mouse button click) to select Properties. Now click on the Security tab. The network security key will be hidden by default so click on the show characters button to reveal the password.
All done and a much better and safer method than downloading and installing a reveal utility.