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How to Forget Network on Windows 10

Whenever we connect to a new wireless network (wifi or hotspot) through our windows 10 system, our system tends to remember it. It tries to remember the network even after getting disconnected to it so that whenever the same network comes in reach or is available again, it can automatically connect to it. This way, you won’t have to enter IDs and Passwords over and over again.

Although Windows 10 tries to make things easy for the users by default, the issue that may arise is that after a specific time, you might not need to know a network anymore, or you may have another wireless network at your use. In such a case, it might bother you if your Windows 10 keeps trying to connect to an old network automatically.

This issue can be easily resolved by making your Windows forget the old networks. Just as your system tends to remember networks by default, you can make it forget them so that they are not connected automatically.

Methods To Forget Network In Windows 10

To make your Windows 10 forget a network, there are two methods mentioned below.

Method 1

Go to start at the bottom left of your home screen. Click on ‘Settings and Select “Network & Internet”. You will find a list of networks on your device, and below the list, you will find an option saying “manage wifi settings”. Click on “manage wifi settings”.

When you scroll down or at the bottom, you will find a section named “Manage known networks”. In this very section, you will find all those networks which your Windows 10 has remembered till then. In case you do not find it, select ‘wifi’ from the list of categories on the left-hand side, and you should find “Manage known Networks” in there.

From that list, choose the network that you want your Windows 10 to forget, click on it. You will see two options- ‘share’ or ‘properties’ and ‘forget’. Click on ‘forget’

Method 2

On the taskbar from your home screen, click on the wifi icon. Click on the “Network & Internet Settings” at the bottom. You will be redirected to a page containing a list of networks. Scroll down and select “Manage wifi Settings”.

Scroll down to find “Manage known networks” and click on the network you want your Windows 10 to forget. Select “Forget” and you are done.

In case there is a wireless network that your Windows 10 remembers and connects with automatically, and you don’t want your device to forget that network; you just want that it doesn’t get connected automatically, then that too can be done.

To Disable Your Windows 10 From Connecting To A Remembered Network Automatically, there are 2 methods mentioned below.

Method 1

Go to start at the bottom left of your home screen. Click on ‘Settings’ and Select “Network & Internet”. On the left-hand side, you will find a list of categories. Select ‘wifi’ from the list. You should find “Manage known Networks” there; click on it.

In this very section, you will find all those networks which your Windows 10 has remembered till then. From that list, choose the network that you want your Windows to not connect with automatically and click on it.

You will see two options- ‘properties’ and ‘forget’. Click on ‘Properties’. There you will see that the setting of connecting automatically is enabled by default. Disable it, and you are done.

Method 2

On the taskbar from your home screen, click on the wifi icon. Right-click on the network you want to disable automatic connection for. You will see a checkbox saying “connect automatically”. This is ticked by default. Uncheck it, and you are done.

Resolving Network Problems in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a built-in network troubleshooter, which has proved to be very efficient when it comes to problems that are concerned with minor bugs or glitches. The efficient and proper use of troubleshooters can ensure the smooth functioning of your computer.
To run the network troubleshooter on Windows 10, follow the steps mentioned below.

Go to settings and select “Network & Internet”. Scroll down to find “Network Troubleshooter” and click on it. The troubleshooter will run for a while and then tell if or not your computer network has any internal issues.

You can go for further steps in accordance with the results of your troubleshooter.

What if troubleshooting doesn’t help

A lot of times, there are issues that arise due to factors that are out of the scope of the troubleshooter. If you are facing troubles with the network on your PC, it is first advised to run and troubleshoot the problems to fix them. But in case that does not help, the issue does not get resolved, what can be done is, performing a network reset.

Network reset is like a factory reset but just for the network part of your laptop. By doing a network reset, you can remove and reinstall each and every network setting and adapter on your Windows 10.

Performing a network reset on Windows 10 is most likely to result in all the network issues being resolved, but along with this, you need to remember that all the passwords, settings, and saved networks will be forgotten, and you will have to enter these again. If you have any network softwares such as VPN installed, they will also get removed, and you will have to do it all again.

These were a few things that might help resolve all of your network issues. This article talked about networks on Windows 10 in detail. Don’t forget to check out more on our website.

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