How to delete or remove Wi-Fi Network Profile from Windows 10?

If you are using Windows 10 and connecting to the internet through WiFi, you might have configured many Wi-Fi Network profiles on your PC. If you want to remove, delete, or forget any WiFi network profile you have stored on your PC, it is possible with built-in options in Windows 10, which means there is no need to download a freeware tool. To delete or forget the WiFi network profile from Windows 10 PC, you can opt for any of the four options:-

  • PowerShell
  • Command Prompt
  • Settings app
  • System Tray icon

In this post, we will discuss at least four ways through which you can delete or forget a pre-configured WiFi network profile from Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. Eliminate or forget the WiFi network profile from the system tray of Windows 10
  2. Delete or remove WiFi network profiles using Windows Settings app
  3. Remove or forget the WiFi network profile using Command Prompt and Windows Registry
  4. Delete or remove the WiFi network profile using Windows PowerShell

How to delete or forget the WiFi network profile from the system tray of Windows 10?

To delete or forget the WiFi network profile using the system tray, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Click on the system tray on Windows 10 and then click on the WiFi icon.

Step 2. From the available WiFi SSID, right-click on any desired network name and select the Forget option.

Forget network name

Above are the most straightforward steps to remove or forget the WiFi network profile.

How to delete or remove WiFi network profiles using Windows Settings app?

To remove or delete a WiFi network profile using Windows Settings app, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key and I or any other method.

Step 2. In the Settings window that opens, click on the Network & Internet category.

Step 3. Under the Network & Internet, click on the Wi-Fi tab on the left side pane. On the right-side pane of the Wi-Fi tab, click on the “Manage known networks” link.

Step 4. A list of networks will appear near you. Click on the network name in the list that you want to delete or remove. Finally, click on the Forget button.

Once you perform the steps mentioned above, the network name is removed from the “Known Network” list.

How to remove or forget the WiFi network profile using Command Prompt and Windows Registry?

Command prompt is another method to remove or forget the Wi-Fi network profile in Windows 10. If you prefer to use Command Prompt, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.

To open the Command Prompt as an administrator, press Windows Logo + R keys to open the “Run” box. Type cmd and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter from the keyboard simultaneously to run the command prompt as an administrator.

Step 2. In the administrator Command Prompt, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

netsh wlan show profiles

The above command will list the network profiles connected to your PC at least once in the past.

To remove all the WiFi network profiles at once, you can use the following command:-

netsh wlan delete profile name=*

Step 3. If you want to delete any network profile (for my example, we have two network profiles: Galaxy M3143FD and JioJi), execute the following command:-

netsh wlan delete profile name="Galaxy M3143FD"

In the above command, replace “Galaxy M3143FD” with your network profile which you want to delete.

Once you execute the above command, you will receive a notification message that the profile is deleted from interface “Wi-Fi.”

Step 4. To altogether remove it from your Windows, now you have to clean the registry. Now, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type regedit and press Enter from the keyboard to open the Registry Editor window.

Step 5. In the Registry Editor window that opens, navigate, or browse for the following key from the left side pane:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
Step 6. In the left side pane, you’ll see a long list of subkeys under the Profiles key. For each network, either it is WiFi or Ethernet type, Windows 10 creates a unique key. You need to select profiles one by one to find out which network profile you want to delete or remove. Once you choose a profile from the left pane, you will see a description string on the right-side pane where the network profile name is stored. Once you find the correct one you have earlier deleted, right-click on the entry and select delete.

How to delete or remove the WiFi network profile using Windows PowerShell?

Like Command Prompt, you can also use Windows PowerShell to delete a WiFi network profile from your Windows 10 computer or notebook. Windows PowerShell also uses the same commands to find and delete network profiles.

Step 1. Open Windows PowerShell with administrator privilege.

To open the Windows PowerShell with an elevated right, click on the Start button/menu of Windows 10 and type PowerShell. On the top search result, right-click on the Windows PowerShell listing and select “Run as administrator.”

Step 2. In the Administrator Windows PowerShell, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

netsh wlan show profiles

The above command will list all the WiFi network profiles of your Windows PC.

Step 3. Note down the network profile which you want to delete from your Windows PC, and issue the following command:-

netsh wlan delete profile name="JioJi"

Note: Replace JioJio with your network profile name, which you want to delete.

Once you complete the above step, the selected Wi-Fi network profile is deleted from your Windows 10 PC.

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