How to Find Your Password on WPA-PSK

By James Stone

Wi-Fi protected access (WPA-PSK) is a security protocol implemented for Wi-Fi that secures wireless networks on your computer's network. The WPA-PSK key is the first step to connect to your home or business network. This key or password is entered manually, by you, or automatically generated. It cannot be decrypted easily. Windows does not store WPA-PSK passwords in a readable format. If you want to find your password, you can do so in a few steps.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click the "Network and Internet" link and the "Network and Sharing Center" link.

Step 3

Click the "Wired Network Connection" link, next to the Connections section. The Wireless Network Status Connection dialog box displays on-screen.

Step 4

Click the "Wireless Properties" button, then the "Security" tab.

Step 5

Click the "Show characters" check box. This will show you the password for your network.

Step 6

Click the "Cancel" button to close the dialog boxes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your WPA-PSK password should be 63 characters long to ensure proper security.