Transfer Wireless Network Settings via USB Flash Drive

by Eric Geier [Published on 12 July 2011 / Last Updated on 2 July 2010]

Use Windows Connect Now (WCN) to export and import your Wi-Fi settings.

The Windows Connect Now (WCN) feature lets you export and import your wireless network profiles via a USB flash drive. This can come in handy when setting up multiple PCs.

To export profiles in Windows 7, open the desired wireless network profile:

Click the network icon in the system tray, right-click the network name, and select Properties. Then on the Connection tab, click Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive.

Then to import the wireless network profile, insert the USB flash drive into a computer. On the AutoPlay dialog, click the Connect to a Wireless Network using Windows Connect Now shortcut or the Wireless Network Setup Wizard shortcut.

If the AutoPlay menu doesn’t appear, you can manually import by running the SetupSNK.exe program on the flash drive’s root directory.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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