Checking the wireless passphrase/network key saved on my computer

In this article Netgear tech support professionals has given the instructions for Mac OS,  Mac OS X 10.6 and above, Windows Vista/Windows 7,  Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 etc.  

On Mac OS:

  1. Open up System Preferences > Network > Airport  > Configure
  2. Pick the network you need and click on the little “EDIT” button and a new window pops up with specific information about the Network.
  3. Click on the “Show Password” checkbox.

On Mac OS X 10.6 and above:

  1. Type Keychain Access into Spotlight search () at the top-right menu bar.
  2. In the side menu bar, click Passwords, then search for the network you would like the password for and double click on it
  3. Click Show Password and confirm your administrator username and password.
  4. You may be prompted to enter your administrator name and password again
  5. The Wi-Fi password will appear in the text box next Show Password

On Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Go to Network and Sharing Center > Manage Wireless Network
  2. Right-click on the Network/SSID
  3. Click on Properties > Security
  4. Click on Show character box

On Windows XP:

  1. Click the “Start” button on the lower left-hand corner of the computer screen. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the “Run” option. The Run command window will appear.
  3. Type “regedit” into the Run command window.
  4. Click the “OK” button. This will launch Windows XP’s Registry Editor.
  5. Expand the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” registry listing.
  6. Scroll down and click on the “Software” entry. The “Software” entry will expand.
  7. Scroll down and locate the “Microsoft” label.
  8. Scroll through the Microsoft label to locate the “WZCSVC” label.
  9. Expand the “WZCSVC” label.
  10. Find and expand the “Parameters” label.
  11. Click on the “Interfaces” label.
  12. Find the WEP/WPA key within the “Interfaces” registry.
  13. Write down the WEP/WPA key and keep it recorded in a secure place for future use.

On Windows 8:

  1. From the Start screen, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the pointer down, and then click on Settings.
  2. Click the wireless network icon.
  3. Right click on a wireless network name, and then choose View connection properties.
  4. Select Show Characters to see the wireless network password.

On Windows 8.1:

  1. From the Start screen, pint to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click on Settings.
  2. Click the network icon for the network you want to connect to, and then click on Connect.
  3. Swipe on from the right edge of the screen, and click Search.
  4. In the search box, enter view network connections, and in the search results click View network connections.
  5. In the Network Connections window, press and  old or right-click the network name, and then click Status.
  6. Click on the Wireless Properties button.
  7. Click the Security tab, and click the Show characters check box.
  8. The password for the wireless network is displayed in the Network security key field.

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