How to delete WiFi network profile in Windows 8.1 manually

WiFis is the important component for any modern day laptop or computer and we use the WiFi networks around us to connect to our device. Daily we come across lot of WiFi networks and when you came in the range of the previously connected WiFi network, then your device will connect to that network automatically, irrespective of whether it is secure or not. After connecting to lot of WiFi networks on your computer, you may find that there are too many WiFi profiles present in your Windows 8 computer and most of them are not useful anymore. So here we are going to show you how to delete them.

Generally Windows doesn’t offer an option to delete the WiFi network from the profiles list. In Windows 8.1 operating system you have option to forget the network, which means that your system will just forget the password of that particular network, it doesn’t delete the Wi-Fi network profile completely from the system. Here is how to manually delete the Wi-Fi network profile from Windows 8.1 computer.

How to delete WiFi network profile in Windows 8.1 manually

  • Open Command prompt with administrator privilege by pressing Win+X keys and from the options click on Command Prompt(admin) and run the below command to get the complete list of Wireless networks that are saved on your PC.
    netsh wlan show profiles


  • If you see in the above image, all the Wi-Fi network profiles are displayed and I would like to remove the Network profile AndroidAP, so we are executing the following command.
    netsh wlan delete profile name="AndriodAP"
  • In the above command you can replace AndroidAP with the name of the Wi-Fi network profile which you want to delete from your system and when deleted command prompt will notify you.
  • To cross verify, re-run the first command to check whether the Wi-Fi network profile is removed or not. Still if it is not removed completely, then follow the below steps.
  • Launch RUN dialog box and enter Regedt32.exe and hit enter, this will open Registry Editor on your PC.
  • In the Registry Editor navigate to the following key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionNetworkListProfiles
  • In the left pane of the window, under the profiles key, you will long list of key. For every Wi-Fi network you created either it may be Wi-Fi or ethernet there is an unique key.
  • Highlight every key in the left pane and you will get the name of the network in the right pane. If you find the right network which you would like to delete, then right click on the respective in the left pane and click on delete from the options.

That’s it, you have deleted the WiFi network profile and you will not find the network name from the list anymore.

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