Importing/Exporting Wireless Profiles in Vista/Server 2008

by Eric Geier [Published on 7 April 2009 / Last Updated on 3 Dec. 2008]

Windows Vista and Server 2008 include Netsh Commands specifically for WLANs, which let you import and export wireless network profiles.

In Windows Vista and Server 2008, you can use the Netsh WLAN Commands, from the Command Prompt, to import and export the profiles for wireless networks. This is useful if you want to backup the authentication and encryption settings for quicker restoration after system crashes or overhauls. Moreover, you can quickly import the profile(s) onto new systems you acquire, rather than manually creating the profiles on each machine.


To view the profile names:

netsh wlan show profiles


Syntax to export a profile:

netsh wlan export profile folder="PATH TO FOLDER" name=PROFILENAME


Syntax to import a profile:

netsh wlan add profile filename="PATH TO FOLDER\FILENAME.xml"



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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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