Back in the old days, if I had any home network problems, I used to spend hours trying to recreate complicated networks and adjusting wireless network settings. I actually used to play with everything that had anything to do with computers, simply because I loved them.
When one of my networks crashed or had errors, I would always wish that I had backed up my network settings before the errors occurred. There were ways of doing this but not as easy as it is today.
Well now with Windows 7, it is extremely easy to backup your wireless network settings, to save for the just in case times. Even know setting up a wireless network in Windows 7 is very easy, there are still things like a security key that you have to remember and typing manually. Therefore I like to save my wireless network settings and import them back in whenever I need them.
Backup your wireless network settings
Follow the steps below to backup your wireless network settings and have the freedom to know that your wireless network can be re-set up within seconds.
- Go to the network and sharing Center in Windows 7. You can find the network and sharing Center by clicking on the network icon in the notification area, or by going to the Control Panel in the start menu and clicking on the network icon.
- In the network and sharing Center, you will see a link that says “manage Wireless networks”. This link will be in the left sidebar. Click on this link.
- A new dialogue box will open showing the wireless networks you have connected to in the past.
- Double-click on the network that you want to backup. This will open up the properties of this network.
- Go to the connection tab and click on the link that says “copy these settings to a USB flash drive”. You will find this link at the bottom of the dialogue box.
- The Copy Network Settings wizard will open. Insert your USB flash drive into a spare slot in your computer. When your USB drive has been detected, click on the next button to start the copying process.
- This process will only take a few seconds and when it is finished you can press the cross button to close the window.
- If you go into your USB flash drive you will now see a new folder called SMRTNTKY and a setup file SNK.exe that was automatically created for you.
Import your wireless network settings
To import the settings that you previously backed up, simply put your USB drive into a USB port on the computer that you want these settings to be installed to. Then all you have to do is locate the file SNK.exe and double-click on it to start importing the settings. That’s how easy it is.
Now with this fantastic feature that Windows 7 includes, there is no need to try and remember any authentication keys or extremely long numbers to set up your wireless network settings. This is a great help when your network settings have mysteriously changed or disappeared.