Windows 10 Can’t Connect To Network After Changing WiFI Password?

Few days ago I received a call from a friend who needed help figuring out why his laptop wasn’t connecting to his WiFi router after changing his password.

After quickly looking at the laptop, I asked him if something changed recently.. he replied that he just changed the WiFi password.

When he told me he just changed the WiFi password, I told him to enter the new password to connect.

In this situation, the laptop wan’t even allowing him to type the new password. It would just try to automatically connect and fail with error “Can’t connect to network

After listening and understanding the situation, I quickly realized that the laptop already has the old password saved and it’s using the old password to authenticate and this was the reason it was failing.

To resolve problems like this, one needs to instruct the computer to forget the old (saved) password. Doing that will allow the computer to prompt for a password if you wish to connect again.

The problem here is the process of telling Windows to forget a WiFi password has been radically changed with Windows 10.

In Windows 8 and previous versions, one only needs to right-click on the WiFi network and select Forget this Network to forget a network. The same process with your phone.

Not in Windows 10. In Windows 10, to forgot a network, one needs to go to Start –> Settings –> Network & Internet ..

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Then on the WiFi settings page, select Manage Wi-Fi settings.

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Next, select the Wi-Fi network and click Forget

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That’s it! The process has been changed in Windows 10 by adding multiple steps and clicks for this simple task.

If you have similar problem and your Windows computer won’t connect to a Wi-Fi connection, try these steps to see if that will fix the problem.

If you didn’t change your password, try it anyway.  It might just fix something.

If performing the steps above didn’t resolve the issues, please search our site to see if you’ll find a solution.

Other Windows 10 tutorials:

How To Add New User Accounts To Windows 10 Computers

If you do find a solution, please leave a comment below so our future guest can learn from your experience.


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7 thoughts on “Windows 10 Can’t Connect To Network After Changing WiFI Password?”

  1. Thanks for the tip! Too bad I had to go to my old workhorse of a windows 7 machine to find this out. Windows 10 is a jack-assicle mess of worthless apps and complicated steps. Thanks Microsoft for an up-downgrade that is worse than windows vista. :(

  2. I have seen this same explanation from several sources but what can I do if on that final step where you “Manage Known Networks” my network router is not listed there to click on and “forget” ? It shows up with all other close by networks but fails to connect each time. I need to “change the key” but have no way to get prompted to enter a key. Windows 10 has not been fun!

  3. My new laptop would not connect to my wireless network after updating from 8.1 to 10. No password change was involved; it simply would not connect. Found online it has been a reported bug for quite sometime. Dumped Windows 10 after less than 24 hours of use and rolled back to 8.1 Connected to my router without issue. Seems insane that this should be a persistent problem for so many users…..

    1. Well. I followed steps. Entered new password. And….nothing. it now says “no internet. Secured”. Lovely. So….what’s secured?

  4. Thank you so much. This is exactly my situation too, changed the wifi password now laptop(windows10) cant connect though my other devices can.

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