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How to Backup and Import Wireless Network Settings?

If you often forget password of your wireless network or make mistakes in typing your lengthy security key, it can be a hassle for you to connect a new device to your wireless network. In that case there is a feature in Windows 7 and windows 8 that can help you to save the configuration data of a wireless network to a USB flash drive.

Backup and Import Wireless Network Settings

So, after you configure your first Windows 7 or 8 device to connect it with your wireless network, you can back up the network Set up data in your flash drive and then simply use that USB Flash drive to import that settings to another laptops or desktops running Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP to add them to that wireless network. As you do not have the access to the key on a WPA2-Enterprise network (the RADIUS server controls the access to the key on WPA2-Enterprise), this feature will not work on WPA2-Enterprise wireless networks.

Steps to Backup Wireless Network Settings

1. First of all Navigate to

Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center

or

Use the network tray icon in the taskbar to open Network and Sharing Center.

Open Network and Sharing Center

2. Click on Manage wireless networks option from the left pane.

Manage Wireless networks

3. In the new window you will see the list of all wireless networks to which your machine ever has been connected. Double-click on that network whose setting you want to store in flash drive.

Choose wireless Network

4. New window will open. Click on Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive link.

Copy network profile to Flash drive

5. Copy Network Settings wizard will launch. It will show the message “Plug in USB drive to continue”.

Plugin USB drive to continue

6. Connect a USB flash drive and wait until it asks you to click Next.

Click Next

7. Network settings will be copied to your flash drive within seconds and you will see a confirmation message. Now, Close the wizard.

Back up taken

8. Open your USB flash drive, you will find there setupSNK.exe and SMRTNTKY folder.

Wireless Network backup files

Steps to Import Wireless Network Settings

Connect the USB flash drive with that device (the device must run Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP) which you want to configure to connect to the same wireless network (Anik) and double-click on setupSNK.exe file. Wireless Network Setup Wizard will ask you to confirm, click Yes.

Run wireless settings import Wizard

Click OK and you are done.

Successfully imported

About 

Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.



 
Comments
 
Matthew R Giese

These are impressive articles. Keep up the sunny handiwork.

When I tried to import into Windows 8 it gave the following message ” There was a problem starting wzcdlg.dll. The specific module could not be found.

This is because of missing or corrupted wzcdlg.dll file. This problem an be found on Windows XP only. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, this problem should not occur. Follow this article to solve your problem
http://mywindows8.org/fix-wzcdlg-dll-error-safely/

Yes.. hope your problem is answered properly @ Pam

Tried to fix the wzcdlg.dll problem but failed to regsrv32 the dll. Any ideas?

The Wireless Zero Configuration programming interface is no longer supported as of Windows Vista, windows 7 or Windows 8

When I try to save the settings in a USB the error message is:
Windows can not save the network settings in the flash unit

It has to do with the type of security chosen? In my case is WPA.

Hi Mari, you should not face any problem with WPA type security. Make sure your Flash drive is not write protected and it is in exFAT format.. Try to format the Flash drive an try again.

Will this work on Windows 8.1?

Yeah, Kelly definitely.

It is not working with wpa2 enterprise !!!!!!