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[How To] Manage Preferred Wireless Networks In Windows 10

Microsoft has improved a lot in Windows 10 in terms of wireless networks. Windows 10 keeps track of all the networks which you connect to and automatically prioritizes them. If you have more than one option to connect to the internet, Windows 10 decides which kind of connection it will set up based on the pre-defined priority.

Wired connections such as Ethernet are given the topmost priority in this case. However, if you do not have this option available, Wireless connections such as Wi-Fi are chosen next. If both of these are inaccessible, then Broadband connections will be chosen, which can include Mobile broadband or USB dongle.

One more thing to take into consideration is, when you have connected to Internet by using several wireless connections in past, then Windows 10 connects to the last one you used.

We all know of the revamped Settings app in Windows 10 which can be used to perform all the wireless networking tasks. Also, there is a new network flyout which can be used to connect to any of the available connections.

Connecting To A Wireless Network

To connect to your preferred network, click on the network icon in the system tray on the far right on taskbar and select from one of the available networks. Also, make sure you check the Connect automatically option if you want to connect to this particular network on a frequent basis. Now, enter the password to complete the connection configuration.

If you are connected to a network automatically, but want to chose another then you can select it from the list of available networks (In my case, I’ve got only one!)

Managing Your Preferred Networks

In Windows 10, there are two methods of managing the preferred networks. One, by using Settings app and two, by using netsh command utility.

Method 1: Using Settings App

1. Open the Settings app by using key combination + I.

2. Click Network & Internet from the available options and then click Wi-Fi on the left pane.

3. On the Wi-Fi page, click on Manage Wi-Fi settings button.

4. Scroll at the bottom of the page, below Manage known networks, click on the network you want to manage.

5. Click on Share to share the network with your friends and Forget to remove the network from the list of known networks. You can also stop sharing at any later point of time if you wish to do so.

Method 2: Using Netsh Command Utility

To use Netsh to show and remove the available networks, perform the following steps:

1. Open Command Prompt as Admin by right-clicking the icon and selecting Command Prompt(Admin).

2. On the prompt window, type the following command:

Netsh wlan show profiles

3. Locate the profile name you want to remove and then use it in the following command, where profile_name is the name of user profile you want to delete :

Netsh wlan delete profile name=profile_name

Well, that is it. Manage your networks like a pro!

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