Windows Won't Remember Network Password

Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr Last Updated: May 18, 2022


Software: Windows 7, 8 & 10 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


Every time the computer is restarted, Windows no longer remembers the password for the network connection. This is caused by third-party software for the network driver during the start-up process.

[Solution 1] Turn off network adapter start-up programs


Windows 7

  1. Open Run and execute Msconfig
  2. Open Start-up and untick any software related to your ethernet or wireless network adapter.
  3. Select OK to save all changes.
  4. Re-enter the password for the network and restart the computer.


Windows 8 & 10

  1. Open Run and execute Taskmgr
  2. Open Start-up and select any software related to your ethernet or wireless network adapter and choose to Disable it.
  3. Re-enter the password for the network and restart the computer.

Nicholas Carr
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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows, the best-selling The Big Switch, and Does IT Matter? His acclaimed new book, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependence on computers and software. Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, he has written for The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired. He lives in Colorado. [Author photo by Merrick Chase.]


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