Solved how to export lan and wireless network settings

January 28, 2013 at 10:03:30
Specs: Windows 7

I am on a work computer (Win 7 64 bit) and I am about to format and reinstall.
The thing is, this computer is on a wireless LAN and I don't know any of the passwords or credentials. Is there any way I can export all of these settings and import them back when I reinstall Windows?

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January 28, 2013 at 14:56:51

We are dealing with credentials here, not just WLAN passwords, please take time to understand the problem...I think Windows Credential Manager could do it for OP.


#1
January 28, 2013 at 10:30:25

No there is n't. If there was it wouldn't be a very secure system would it,

If you are on a work computer get you IT Department t do it. That's there job or ask them for the specs.

Stuart


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#2
January 28, 2013 at 10:39:03

I AM the IT Dept, however, we have an "on-call" network admin who handles the networking. I want to do this without him being involved.

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#3
January 28, 2013 at 10:40:59

LastPass can backup WLAN passwords and restore them in Windows: http://helpdesk.lastpass.com/gettin...

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#4
January 28, 2013 at 10:45:40

Pattrick, I use LastPass and I never knew it could do that :)
I can use that for the Wifi password but what I really need is the network username, credentials, logon info, etc. This computer is configured for shares, permissions folder access and so forth. Thanks for the reply.

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#5
January 28, 2013 at 11:25:35

Do you auto-login? Check this out: www.trishtech.com/win7/backup_restore_windows_credentials_in_windows_7.php

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#6
January 28, 2013 at 12:14:10

I AM the IT Dept, however, we have an "on-call" network admin who handles the networking. I want to do this without him being involved.

I would beg to differ. If you were the "IT Dept" you wouldn't be calling a professional in, and, you would know all the information you seek. Personally, I'm not comfortable with what you're doing and I wish Pattrick would back off and stop helping you do what could potentially be illegal.

I understand you're trying to help Pattrick but you don't know this person, or what he's really up to. He could be 100% legit but we tend to try to err on the side of safety when it comes to thinks like cracking passwords etc. Please don't just jump in and "help" like this again in the future or I will have to report it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
January 28, 2013 at 13:04:25

I appreciate your concern but the backup and restore of credentials is a powerfull feature built into Windows 7 called Credential Manager:

SEE: http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/...

Perhaps you should contact Microsoft instead and Next time dont be so threatening to other Users.


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#8
January 28, 2013 at 13:27:01

Not sure what the discussion is about, but, simple fact is:
Start-Network and Internet-Network and Sharing Center-Manage Wireless Networks

You should find every wireless network you've been connected to.
Right click on the name of the desired network, go to properties. Under "Security" you have the option to tick the "Show characters" option.

"I'm tired. But then again I'm so hungry I can't sleep. But what's the point of eating if your sleepy?" - Sniff, The Moomins.


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#9
January 28, 2013 at 13:53:41

Patrick

If you read the instruction store credential manage you will see that it not going to be much use in these circumstance.

Once the computer is formatted all that information is lost. It cannot be exported to a separate medium and then reimported.

To be able to export and re-import such information to a newly formatted computer would leave a security hole a mile wide. Anyone with laptop could come along and connect to the network and download all kinds of confidential information and walk away with it.

Stuart


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#10
January 28, 2013 at 13:54:38

This has nothing to do with Microsoft pattrick it has to do with common sense.

You don't find it a little odd or suspicious that this guy who claims to be the "IT Dept" for some company doesn't know their wireless encryption key for their WLAN?

Maybe I am paranoid but when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck.


paradoxwiszard

Without meaning to be rude, you seem to have missed the whole point of this thread and my 2 cents added above. The OP states they want to reformat a computer and don't know the encryption key for the wireless network. Then they claimed to be the "IT Dept" for said company. To me this seems unlikely and thus my comments to pattrick.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#11
January 28, 2013 at 14:24:38

Stuart, you can back up the Windows vault to removable media and transfer to a new computer by restoring the saved Windows vault.

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#12
January 28, 2013 at 14:48:56

Assuming the OP is legit (and you already know my feelings on that) all he needs to do is call their "on call network admin" and ask him for the encryption key and Voila! He'll have it. It's simple enough to pass that along over the phone and that's a lot more secure than putting it in an email.

And, it means not having to download, install and learn new software they may never use again.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#13
January 28, 2013 at 14:56:51
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We are dealing with credentials here, not just WLAN passwords, please take time to understand the problem...I think Windows Credential Manager could do it for OP.

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#14
January 29, 2013 at 07:33:12

really?

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#15
January 29, 2013 at 07:37:21

Curt R,
Before putting your 1 cent in, first understand what is really going on.

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