Changing Wifi network priority in Windows 10

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The Windows 10 control panel is a mess. It is difficult enough to find a list of known Wifi networks, and when you do, there’s no graphical way to change their priorities. Whatever network you created first seems to stick to the top. But there is a way to change the preferred order of networks using Command Prompt, making your Windows 10 computer prioritize the networks you wish to use.

Open Command Prompt (type it in after pressing Windows key) and type in the command:

netsh wlan show profiles

You will see a list of saved Wifi networks in order of priority.

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C:\Users\Juhani>netsh wlan show profiles

Profiles on interface Wi-Fi 3:

Group policy profiles (read only)
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User profiles
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    All User Profile     : Cafe Wi-Fi
    All User Profile     : Lower priority Wi-Fi
    All User Profile     : NETWORKNAME


C:\Users\Juhani>

To change the priority of a specific network, type in the command:

netsh wlan set profileorder name="NETWORKNAME" interface="Wi-Fi" priority="1"

Use the network name and interface name from the previous command.

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Juhani Naskali

IT System Architect and PhD Candidate at University of Turku, member of Future Ethics research group, consultant, programmer, physics enthusiast and nerd.

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