Paths of Finding my Keys

Cory Blog, Software, Windows

Windows Only: If you happen upon a computer which has previously accessed any number of wireless networks, you can, obviously, easily log on to those networks. However, say, for instance, laptopA can access NetworkA but your second laptop, LaptopB, cannot log on to said Network-for reasons of not being able to obtain the network key-for any reason. Follow?

You could open the registry on LaptopA and follow the path “SoftwareMicrosoftWZCSVCParametersInterfaces,” then seek to “decrypt” the included binary to find the need key…

But save yourself the time and headache (I’ve already done it for you) and download a simple and EASY to use tool: Wireless Net View <nothing fancy here. There’s not even an install tool-just download and click to run…on LaptopA, of course. Presto! Wireless Net View will display any and all network keys which your computer has ever accessed (and is still stored by the Wireless Zero Configuration. From the website:

WirelessKeyView recovers all wireless network keys (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer by the ‘Wireless Zero Configuration’ service of Windows XP and by the ‘WLAN AutoConfig’ service of Windows Vista. It allows you to easily save all keys to text/html/xml file, or copy a single key to the clipboard.

I have to thank jd2066 over at howtogeek.com for the counsel.