Remove Wi-Fi profiles from Windows 7/8/8.1

When you connect to a wireless network, the settings and profile of that specific network is saved on your computer so that you won’t have to re-enter your network credentials, such as the wireless security key to connect the next time.  Once your computer is in range with the wireless network profile that is saved on your computer, it will automatically attempt to connect to that wireless network you have previously connected to.

If you have connected to various wireless networks before, your computer may have problems connecting wirelessly. Removing wireless network profiles on your computer will improve your wireless connectivity.

Remove Wi-Fi profiles from Windows 7/8/8.1 with the command prompt

To remove a profile you don't want your laptop automatically connecting to anymore, open up a command prompt as an administrator.

To start a command prompt as an administrator

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.
  2. Right-click Command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

Type the following command:

netsh wlan show profiles > press enter

Locate the name of the wireless profile you'd like to forget.

Type the following command:

netsh wlan delete profile “PROFILE NAME”

Replace the “Profile Name” with the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to erase.


netsh wlan delete profile eduroam        or           

netsh wlan delete profile uw-unsecured

Now, you are ready to connect to EDUROAM secured network AT Univertsity of Waterloo

Connecting to the eduroam wireless network

Waterloo Identity and Access Management (WatIAM) credentials are required to authenticate to the wireless network.

  1. Select eduroam from the list of available Wi-Fi networks.
  2. When asked for a userid and password enter your full and your WatIAM password.