How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in XP, Vista, and Windows 7
This will show you how to backup a wireless network with all of it's settings in Windows 7 to then be able to restore (import) and use on any one or more XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computer as well.
This makes it easy to have a wireless network and it's settings automatically added and setup from one computer to another.
You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.
You will be required to use a USB flash drive to be able to backup a wireless network profille.
To Backup a Wireless Network Profile in Windows 7
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.
2. In the left blue pane, click on the Manage wireless networks link. (see screenshot below)
3. Double click on the wireless network that you want to backup. (see screenshot below)
4. Click on the Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive link. (see screenshot below)
5. Connect a USB flash drive to your computer, and click on Next. (see screenshot below)
This will replace any other wireless network profile backup that you have previously backed up on the USB flash drive using this method. If you wish to keep more than one wireless network profile backup, then you would need to:
- Create a New Folder on the USB flash drive or some other location, and move (cut and paste) all 3 of the backup files below (see screenshot below) from the root of the USB flash drive into the new folder before doing step 5.
NOTE: I would recommend to name the new folder the same name you had for the wireless network to make it easier to know what it was for.
6. When it's finished, click on Close. (see screenshot below)
7. When you are finished, click on OK. (see screenshot below step 4)
8. Close the Manage Wireless Networks window. (see screenshot below step 3)
To Restore or Import the Wireless Network Profile
If you used a New Folder
as in the warning under step 5 in OPTION ONE
above to keep mutliple wireless network profiles backed up, then you will need to do this first before doing step 1 below.
- In the USB flash drive, do the warning in step 5 in OPTION ONE above if the wireless network profile backup files in the root of the USB flash drive is not the backup that you wanted to restore (import).
- Afterwards, copy the all of the backup files from within a new folder that contains the wireless network profile that you do want to restore (import) to the root of the USB flash drive.
1. On the XP, Vista, or Windows 7 computer (ex: laptop or netbook) that you want to restore or import the wireless network to, plug in the USB flash drive that contains the wireless network profile backup files from OPTION ONE above.
NOTE: This must be done from a USB flash drive, or it will not work.
2. In AutoPlay, click on the Connect to a wireless network option. (see screenshot below)
A) Go to step 4.
3. Open the USB flash drive and run the setupSNK.exe in the root of the USB flash drive.
4. Verify that this is the name (ex: Brink-Router) of the wireless network that you want to restore or import, and click on Yes if so. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If it isn't, then do what is in the Warning box right under OPTION TWO to have the correct wirless network profile backup files in the root of the USB flash drive.
5. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
6. The wireless network has now been restored (imported). You can repeat steps 1 and 2 in OPTION ONE above to verify.