How to Delete or Forget Unused Network Names for WiFi in Windows 8.1/10

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When you are using the Windows 8.1 operating system and you try to connect to a nearby WiFi network or you just want to connect to your own wireless router in your home you might be annoyed by all the other networks that pop up in the Available WiFi networks feature in Windows 8.1. Therefore you will learn below a few methods on how to delete or forget unused Network names for WiFi connections in Windows 8.1 and it will only take you a couple of minutes of your time.
How to delete or forget unused Network name for Wifi connection in windows 8.1
In the Windows 8.1 operating system the “forget wireless network” feature was a little bit hard to get to but with the help of a few Windows 8.1 updates it made it possible and by applying the three methods below you will see how easy it is to do it yourself. Also the methods below will describe how to forget the wireless networks by using the command prompt feature, the Windows PC settings feature as well as disabling them from the “Network List” menu.

Tutorial for deleting or forgetting unused Network name for WiFi connection in Windows 8.1

First method:

  1. For this method to work you will need to be in range of the specific WiFi network.
  2. Move the mouse cursor over to the bottom right side of the screen.
  3. In the Charms bar that pops up you will need to left click or tap on the “Settings” feature.
  4. In the “Settings” feature you need to find and left click on “Network” icon.
  5. Now in the “Network” window you will have a list of available WiFi networks for you to connect to.
  6. Left click or tap on the specific network you want to remove and left click or tap on the “Connect” button.
  7. Now if you cannot connect to that network it will give you access to two buttons “Forget Network” or “Close”. In this window you will need to left click or tap on the “Forget Network” feature.

Second method:

  1. If you have the latest updates for Windows 8.1 then go to the PC settings feature by moving the mouse cursor over to the lower right side of the screen and left clicking on “Settings”.
  2. Now left click on the “Network” feature present there.
  3. Left click or tap on the “Connections” tap present in the “Network” window.
  4. Left click or tap on the desired WiFi network you wish to remove.
  5. Left click or tap on the “Manage known networks” link present in the lower side from the WiFi network you want to remove.
  6. You now have a list of available WiFi networks.
  7. Left click or tap on the WiFi network you wish to forget.
  8. Left click or tap on the “Forget” button in the lower right side of that window.
  9. Now the network should be forgotten and no longer saved in your Windows 8.1 system.

Third method:

  1. From the start screen in your Windows 8.1 system write the following: “cmd” without the quotes.
  2. Right click on the “Command Prompt” icon that shows after the search is finished.
  3. Left click or tap on the “Run as administrator” feature in the menu that shows.
  4. Left click or tap on the “Yes” button if you are prompt by a user account control message.
  5. In the black window that appears write the following: “netsh wlan show profiles” without the quotes.
  6. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  7. Now in the Command prompt window you should get a list of all available WiFi networks.
  8. Look for the name of the wireless network you wish to disable.
  9. Write in the command prompt window the following: netsh wlan delete profile name=”name of the network”
    Note: Instead of the “name of the network “ from the command above you will need to write the actual name of the network you wish to disable.
    Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.

These are the three easy methods you need to do in order to delete or forget a WiFi network of your choosing in Windows 8.1. You can write us below in the comments section of this page if you need further assistance in the article posted above.

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