Even though Windows 8 is a completely new operating system from Microsoft, most of its features are exactly like Windows 7. All Windows 7 users can easily operate Windows 8 but there are several new changes in Windows 8 that users are not familiar with. Windows 8 comes with a new Modern look and has a lot of parts that have been replaced with Modern look. The WiFi connection window is one such part to get a new look. In Windows 7, WiFi connections show in a simple small window where as in Windows 8, it shows in a new Modern box. At present, there are many people who use multiple WiFi connections in a single computer. It can be very difficult to remember the passwords for all the WiFi connections and if by chance you forget your WiFi connection password you will need to recover it.
The good news is that both Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 have a feature to recover forgotten WiFi passwords without installing any third party application. Below, I have mentioned both ways to recover WiFi passwords. To get the forgotten WiFi password back, you have to follow the instructions given below:
1. Click on the WiFi icon available in the System Tray of Windows 8.
2. Now choose the WiFi connection for which you want to recover your lost password and right-click on it. From the right-click menu, choose the option View connection properties.
3. In the selected WiFi Properties window, click on the Security tab and navigate the Network security key. Network security key is the actual password of your WiFi and hides behind the asterisks. To convert these asterisks into a real password, check the box labeled Show characters and you will be able to see your forgotten password.
Recover Lost Password Using Third Party Application:
The above method is the best and most straight forward solution to recover any lost WiFi password but there is one more way that is way more easy. A freeware application called WirelessKeyView is available on the internet that can recover all wireless network security keys/passwords (WEP/WPA) stored in your computer. You can also use this small portable application to save all the WiFi password keys into text/html and xml file for any future user or any other purpose. Import and Export features in WirelessKeyView also very useful to export all the available WiFi passwords into a single file and then import them on another computer.
WirelessKeyView is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and it works perfectly in Windows 8 without any installation.