Windows 8: Hidden wireless networks will not reconnect on reboot/resume even if set to automatically reconnect. Is there a fix/hidden control panel?

I bought and installed Windows 8 Pro to update my ExoPC slate from Windows 7 and, while the overall experience is much better, there are several annoyances that I need to address.

In this instance, I want to ask about the wireless network controls of Windows 8.

While installing Windows 8, I properly configured my hidden wireless network (SSID "Brass") and set it to auto-reconnect. After rebooting, the network will not reconnect and I have to open the wireless network panel, select "Hidden Network" and re-enter the information to reconnect.

However, Windows 8 still remembers my old settings - even if it's not using them - as the new profile that appeared was now "Brass 2".

Another reboot: same problem. I am now down to "Brass 2 3"; that's 3 different profiles for the same config (SSID: Brass).

I know hiding a wireless network isn't the best way to secure it but, I prefer it that way on top of having WPA2 encryption. Besides, Windows 8 should be able to reconnect to hidden networks; why isn't it?

Also, how do I clean up all those duplicate profiles when out of range or unavailable connections won't show up in the network list? I can't right click and select "Forget this network" if it's no longer connecting...
 

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Last updated May 17, 2020 Views 27,382 Applies to:
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I had the same problem and found this thread. I was poking around with the netsh command AlbertChew mentioned and found a solution:

Find out your profile's name:

netsh wlan show profiles

Set it to connect to a hidden network:

netsh wlan set profileparameter <profilename> nonbroadcast=yes

My computer immediately connected to the network and it has survived several restarts since.

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