Wireless network keys are used to protect unauthorised access to your Internet connection from outsiders. It is often necessary to amend a key or recover one if it has been lost. Wireless network keys can be viewed in a plain text format to make it easier to set it to a preferred phrase or keyword. Each wireless connection can be changed via the network subsystem of the Control Panel. The phrase or keyword used in the phrase must be kept private.
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Go to "Start," select "Control Panel," choose "Network and Internet," select "Network and Sharing Center" and click "Manage Wireless Networks."
Double-click on the wireless connection, select the "Security" tab.
Click the "Show Characters" check box. The encryption key will be displayed in plain text.