Remove or forget wireless network profile in Windows 7

If you change router, or modify wireless settings on the router, the wireless network profile that saved on Windows may be outdated and you may not be able to connect to the network and receive this message:

The settings saved on this computer for the 
network do not match the requirements of 
the network.

Can't connect to the wireless network

To fix this problem, you can try to remove or forget the current wireless network profile.

In this article, I will show 2 methods to remove or forget a wireless network profile in Windows 7.

  1. Forget wireless network profile from Network menu
  2. Remove wireless network profile from command prompt

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Step-by-step

Forget wireless network profile from Network menu

  1. On Windows desktop, right-click the wireless icon at bottom right and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
    Open Network and Sharing Center
  2. Select Manage wireless networks on the left menu.
    Select Manage wireless networks
  3. You will see list of wireless network profile. Select a wireless network and click Remove to delete its profile.
    Forget wireless network profile
  4. Click Yes to confirm.
    Confirm removing wireless network profile
  5. Try to connect to the network again. You need to re-enter wireless password. Now you should be able to connect to the wireless network.
    Re-connect to the wireless network

Remove wireless network profile from command prompt

  1. On Windows desktop, open command prompt as administrator by:
    1. Click Start icon at bottom left
    2. Type cmd in search field
    3. Right-click the cmd program
    4. Select Run as administrator

    Open command prompt as administrator

  2. Click Yes.
    Click Yes on UAC window
  3. On Command prompt window, type this command to list wireless network profiles that currently saved on Windows.
    netsh wlan show profiles

    Get list of wireless network profile

  4. To remove a profile, type this command and replace profile name (in double quotes) with one that you want to remove.
    netsh wlan delete profile name="Linglom-AP"

    Remove a wireless network profile

  5. Then, you can try to connect to the network again. You need to re-enter wireless password. Now you should be able to connect to the wireless network.
    Re-connect to the wireless network

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