Windows Connect Now (WCN) in Windows 8

Posted on 2014-03-14
Last Modified: 2014-03-30
I am trying to get my head around how to use WCN in Windows 8.

I notice there is a group policy to disable the ability to configure window 8 wireless connection via USB, but how do I actually copy wireless network information to a USB stick in the first place.

I have seen a few forum posts based around Windows 7 which suggest clicking on Manage wireless networks in the network and sharing centre but this does not exist in Windows 8.

Can someone help me please?
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Open an Admin Command Prompt and type:

netsh wlan export profile   to export a profile

netsh wlan export hostednetworkprofile to export the hosted network profile.

You probably want the first one and it exports to an XML file.

type netsh wlan export /?  to see the export command and  netsh wlan /? to see all commands.

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So MS have removed the GUI for this task then.

OK So I have exported the profile and put it onto a usb stick.

How do I now use that to configure the wlan connection on another PC?
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Try netsh wlan add to add a profile to a system.   Use netsh wlan add /? for information.

Yes, the GUI was removed. I looked at some third party stuff, but Windows 8 then 8.1 and soon 8.1 update 1 are all changing faster than vendors can keep up with.
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Ok.  I will give that a try. What I am now trying to understand is how is all this netsh stuff is quicker or easier than simply searching for a wireless ssid and entering the required password. All within the GUI.

Am I missing something here.  How is this method better,  easier or quicker.
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Give the command line a try, I have not seen a better way at this point. The third party tools did not help me.

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Thanks for the help with this.
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@roy_batty - Thank you and I was happy to help.

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