If you’re a Windows user, then you’ve probably known about the release of Windows 10 last year. So far, I have been enjoying the much-improved user interface of this latest Windows iteration.
However, one Windows 10 issue that haunted me for quite some time was the difficulty in connecting to a Wi-Fi network that was accessible in the past but has recently changed its network password. The fastest way to re-enter a new network security key is to “forget” the Wi-Fi network, which was fairly easy in Windows 8 but practically hidden in Windows 10.
If you have been experiencing this problem and haven’t found a solution, here is a step-by-step guide on how to forget a Wi-Fi network so that you can enter a new network password:
On the Windows 10 desktop screen, move the mouse pointer to the small upward arrow (or caret) at the right portion of the bottom taskbar. Then, click the Wi-Fi icon to see the available networks nearby.
On the popup slider that appears, click “Network settings”.
The Wireless Network Connection window will appear on the screen. The page contains all of the available Wi-Fi networks within your area.
Scroll down the page and click “Manage Wi-Fi settings”.
The Manage Wi-Fi Settings window will pop up. You will see the Wi-Fi Sense panel first.
Scroll down the window to the “Manage known networks” portion. This contains a list of WiFi networks that your device has connected to in the past.
Click the Wi-Fi network whose security key you want to change. The tab will expand to reveal two buttons. Click “Forget”.
Close the Manage Wi-Fi settings window and repeat Step 1. Find the network that you want to connect to. This time, you can enter a new network security key.
I hope this quick reference can help you connect your Windows 10 laptop to your favorite Wi-Fi hotspot again.