Windows 8 Missing “Manage Wireless Networks”

Go ahead, look. It’s not there. I recently installed Windows 8 on my work laptop and needed to add a manual wireless connection for a client. Adding the connection works just as it did in Windows 7, no problem. I missed a setting when I set up the connection, though, so it didn’t work and the connection wasn’t listed in Windows 8 list of available connections for me to modify the properties. I needed to access what used to be the Manage Wireless Networks screen to modify the properties and get it to work, but since that isn’t available I did some searching on command line tools for managing wireless networks.

Although I didn’t find a command to magically open the “Manage Wireless Networks” screen (thinking it may still be on the OS just not linked to anywhere), I did find some commands that helped me thanks to a post on

To list the profiles and see if the one you need to access is there, run the following from a command prompt:  netsh wlan show profile

To delete a profile so you can manually enter it again, run the following:  netsh wlan delete profile “Your Profile Name”

Now you can again manually create the connection, this time choosing the right settings (in my case :)).

Another option would be to delete the wireless adapter and re-add it, but that removes all of the profiles so you need to re-add everything you had configured previously for other networks.

8 thoughts on “Windows 8 Missing “Manage Wireless Networks””

  1. Luke says:

    It opens just after saving a new wireless profile using the available wizard (RTM build)

    Never seen it other than that

  2. Anand says:


  3. Warren says:

    Thanks Ryan. This was helpful.
    Seems silly why Microsoft would remove this from the GUI!

    1. The method in that post only works if the network appears in the list, though. In my case, since the initial security settings were incorrect, it did not show up.

  4. Dr R says:

    Nope: the command screen only showed for a brief flash then went any without your being able to a) see it or b) do anything with it…..Microsoft must have learned about this trick and eliminated it.

    1. You mean the command window (DOS prompt)? That should work just fine. Still does here.

    2. Steve says:

      @Dr R, It sounds like you typed the command into the run field (windows key + r) rather than opening a command prompt and typing the command

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