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Windows 7: Backup & import Wireless Network Settings on USB drive

One of the biggest annoyances when setting up wireless networks is remembering the security key and typing it correctly so that you can connect all laptops and netbooks to it. Windows 7 makes it easy to export your wireless settings from one machine to another. This procedure is helpful for both public and hidden wireless networks. Instead of typing long authentication keys, it is easier to plug in an USB memory stick and run a setup file.

How to save Wireless Network settings?

First, open Network and Sharing Center. Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center.
Click on ‘Manage wireless networks’ link on the left.
Double click on the wireless networks which interests you, from the list.
Now you’ll see a window with all its properties. In order to save them on a flash drive, click on the bottom link which says ‘Copy this network profile to a USD flash drive’.
Copying process will take few seconds. When done, click on Close.
Next browse your USB flash drive; you’ll see a setupSNK.exe file and a SMRTNTKY folder.

How to import Wireless Network settings?

Plug-in USB flash drive in the laptop where you want to import the settings and run the setupSNK.exe file. When the Wireless Network Setup Wizard launches, click Yes.
Settings will be imported in seconds and when receiving the notification, click on OK and start using the wireless network.

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