How To Save Network Settings to a Flash Drive on Vista

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How To Save Network Settings to a Flash Drive on Vista
Save your network settings to a USB drive to avoid headaches later on. (flash drive image by Antonio Oquias from

There are few things more frustrating than trying to properly configure wireless networks. They seem to be fickle beasts that sometimes just work and other times refuse to work no matter what magic you throw at it. Save yourself the hassle and headache by backing up your network settings to a USB flash drive. Windows Vista and 7 include a very handy option that allows you to save the network settings easily and import them later when you inexplicably lose your connection.

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Things you need

  • Windows Vista
  • USB flash drive

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  1. 1

    Open the "Network and Sharing Center" via the "Network and Internet" control panel. The Control Panel can be accessed via the Windows Start menu.

  2. 2

    Select "Manage Wireless Networks" in the left-hand sidebar.

  3. 3

    Select the name of your home network from the list of networks to open the properties window.

  4. 4

    Select the "Connection" tab of the wireless network properties window.

  5. 5

    Select "Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive." Insert your USB flash drive into the computer and select "Next." It will take a moment to copy the settings to the USB drive. Once the process completes, select "Close."

Tips and warnings

  • To import the network settings on another computer, insert the USB drive and double-click the "SetupSNK.exe" file on the drive.

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