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How to find stored passwords in Windows 10?

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Passwords are the bane of the internet. They’re a necessary evil we’ve been keeping up with ever since computers were around. 

Yes, they keep our online accounts safe, but they’re also what gives them away. Passwords have a  bunch of problems and the most common among them is simply forgetting one. 

Luckily, these passwords usually are stored somewhere in our browsers or operating systems. So if you’re rocking a Windows 10 installation, here’s how to find out your stored passwords

Also read: How to update Windows 10? And how to pause updates?

How to find stored account passwords in Windows 10?

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to start the run prompt.

Step 2: Type in inetcpl.cpl and press the Enter key.

Step 3: Once the Internet Properties dialogue box opens, click on the Content tab

Step 4: Under the AutoComplete heading, click on the Settings button. 

Step 5: Click on Manage Passwords

Step 6: A control panel window will open where you can see you Windows and Web credentials. To see a password, just click on Show right in front of the password. 

Also read: How to disable the Firewall in Windows 10?

How to find WiFi passwords in Windows 10?

WiFi passwords are treated a bit differently in Windows. They’re not as readily available to find out as the web or Windows credentials we checked out above. However, it’s not too difficult to find them either; all you need is access the good old command prompt and enter a few commands.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to start the Run prompt.

Step 2: Type cmd to launch the Windows Command Prompt.

Step 2: Type in the following command and its will bring up all the WiFi networks ever connected to your computer. 

netsh wlan show profiles

Step 3: Take note of the network you want the password for and type in the following command:

netsh wlan show profile name=network name key=clear

All relevant network details will show up on your screen alongwith the password. 

Do keep in mind that if your network name is more than a word or contains spaces, you’ll have to encapsulate it inside double quotes (“). 

Also read: How to hide system partitions in Windows 10?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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