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Restoring network profiles from backup


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#1 Bill 0

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:27 PM

My Wi-FI card died and I replaced it including uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers.  I now have a Wi-Fi signal but all of my network profiles are gone. 

 

I do have recent system image backups.  These were made with Seagate Disk Image which will allow individual files to be recovered from a system image backup.  However, I can't find documentation on where the network profiles are stored.  Searching for restoring network profiles from backup all result in tutuorials involving exporting the profiles to a USB drive and restoring from that, but I haven't found anything on restoring the data using a different method.

 

Any thoughts?

 

 



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:46 PM

Profiles are stored here. I never restored profiles so I can't say recovering them will work on a new Wifi card.

 

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles



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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

Problem resolved.  Here's how I fixed it.

 

Going to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles folder showed several randomly named folders, each of which had had randomly named .xml files all of which corresponded to the missing wi-fi netowork profilles.

 

I initially tried moving them all into one folder to see if the system would recongnize them but no success.

 

I copied the corresponding files from a recent backup into the root directory of an external drive and then used the netsh command as per the tutorial here: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1597099. as if the the files had been previously exported using the netsh command.  This restored the wi-fi profiles, and my computer automatically connected to the home wi-fi setup as soon and the restore was run without any more interventions.

 

Going back to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profile shows a new randomly named folder with the same .xml files.  I'm assuming that there is some internal mapping of the folders to a specific device and the netsh command resolved the presence of a new wi-fi card.

 

Thanks for the info about where the profiles are stored; that was the key to solving the problem.

 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:43 AM

Your Welcome,

Thanks for taking the time to post your solution.






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