Show Charaters in vista wireless is grayed out

Daniel Tidwell
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Hello eveeryone.  I have bee given the task to find out what the WEP Characters are in some laptops because the person who knew it has left.  I know as the admin you are supposed to be able to select the "Show Characters" check box and you can see it but even as the admin that option is grayed out.  can someone help me here please?
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I thought the 'Show characters' option was only available when you were setting up the WEP Key - not for recovering it?
 
This might help though: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

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Yes I have tried to use this and the list is blank.  Any ideas on this one on this one?
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Do you have an .xml file at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles\Interfaces ?
WirelessKeyView only works with Windows Zero Config - if the key is in a third party wireless manager then you won't see a result.

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I didn't read the instructions good enough.  The wirelessleyview.exe has to be on the computer and I was trying to load it from a USB.

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