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How to Connect to a Wireless Network with Windows 8


When a network is broadcasting its SSID (network name) it will appear in the list of available nearby networks. You can access the list simply clicking the network icon in the system tray from the desktop or the Charms bar on the Start screen to connect to a network. If you cannot find your network available, you can easily create a network profile.

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Method 1: Join a network

To join a wireless network, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Charms bar (press Windows key + C or move your cursor to the lower right corner of the screen) and select Settings.
  2. Click Available or the network icon to list the available wireless networks.
  3. Select the network you want to connect to, and then click Connect.

Method 2: Manually create a network profile or connect to a hidden network.

To manually configure a wireless network with Windows 8, please follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows Logo + X from the Start screen and then select Control Panel from the menu.
  2. Open the Network and Internet.
  3. Open the Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click the Set up a new connection or network.
  5. Select Manually connect to a wireless network from the list and click Next. The following dialog box as shown in the figure below will appear.

  6. Enter the network name and select the appropriate settings according to your network requirements. Then click Next to add the network profile. If you need to make a change, you can easily do so in the last step.
  7. Click Close when you are finished.

You can check the network profile you created. Press Windows Logo + R on the keyboard to open the Run box. Type cmd in the box and press Enter to open the Command Prompt.

To see a list of network profiles, type the following and press Enter.

netsh wlan show profiles

To delete a network profile, type the following and press Enter.

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]

Last Modified: 2015-08-03.