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7 Ways To Fix Incorrect PSK Provided For Network SSID Error

Whenever your computer connects to a wireless network it saves the profile and settings of the network. During the connection establishment phase between two parties, a secure key is shared using a secure channel before it needs to be used.

This secured key is known as the pre-shared key (PSK). Basically, you can say it’s a client authentication method that uses a string of 64 hexadecimal digits to generate an encryption key for each wireless client. 

The generation of a unique encryption key uses the technology called TKIP (Temporal key integrity protocol).

Incorrect Psk Provided for Network SSID
Issue: Incorrect PSK Provided for Network SSID

In this post, we are going to mention a common problem that arises after the router password has been updated and PSK was changed. This error describes as “incorrect PSK provided for network SSID” which sometimes can be panic given the fact you could urgently need internet connectivity.

Let’s first check what might cause this problem!

What Causes Incorrect PSK Provided for Network SSID Error?

  • If you have accidentally altered the shared key (PSK) of your router while changing your Wi-Fi password then your PC may not able to match the PSK and it will start giving an “Incorrect Psk Provided for Network SSID Error” message.
  • A corrupt network driver can also cause this problem. Or a wrong Wi-Fi password can take you into the same trouble however that is not always the case.
  • Another possibility of occurring this can be your router is using the default Windows adapter. In this case, the default Windows adapter might treat the router as WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) network while it is using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption instead and vice-versa. If this is happening the authentication will fail even if you are using the correct password. 

Following these possible reasons for the “Incorrect Psk Provided for Network SSID” error, we have researched and collected a few solutions that you can try and get this thing resolved.

Since the causes are very clear you don’t need to be panic instead you should follow the given steps below. We sincerely hope that this guide will help you get out of this problem.

Remember, before trying all the following steps please make sure that you are not using the wrong password to establish a connection.

Steps to fix incorrect PSK provided for network SSID error

We are ordering 6 different fixes accordingly. However, you may not have to try all of them. All you need to follow them in the given hierarchy.

1. Restart the modem and router

The first thing you’d want to do is restart your modem and router. It’s not a usual scenario however due to the long run-time it is possible that they may get overheated and cause an error.

The debugging process, in this case, is very simple, all you have to do is turn off the modem and router, wait for a few minutes and let cool it off, and then turn it on.

Turning off well also refresh the internet connection and hopefully, it will fix the issue. If this process doesn’t help then proceed to the next one.

2. Update the network driver of you router

As we have mentioned above that if Windows is using the default adapter then it may create an incompatibility scenario by treating the router as WPA2 as if it is using WEP encryption instead.

This can cause an authentication error issue in spite of the user is putting the right password.

The solution for this particular issue would be downloading the dedicated driver for the router and manually installing it on your PC. Doing so will force the router to recognize the proper encryption mechanism.

In order to download the router driver, you need to visit the official website and look for the driver of that particular model. While downloading please make sure that you are getting the latest driver update.

Alternatively, you can use the Windows driver update feature (connect with a different router to get an internet connection) and you should be able to receive the latest driver update of the router.

Follow the steps given below in order to update the router driver:

How to update router drivers in Windows?

  • Press Windows + R to open the run dialogue box. Then type devmgmt.msc And press enter to open the driver management window.
  • In the device manager, expand the network adaptor drop-down menu and select + right-click on your network driver adapter.
  • On the next pop-up window click on search automatically for updated driver software and wait for it to search the latest available driver. If it finds an available update then install it on your PC.
  • After installation reboot your PC and check whether these steps fixed the problem! If not proceed to the next.

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3. Delete existing wireless network profile

When your computer connects to a wireless network it will save the profile and the settings of the network. Sometimes the profile and settings may remain unchanged even after the resetting of the password.

This can cause incorrect PSK provided for network SSID error. To fix it you should try removing the existing wireless network profile from your computer. Follow the given steps below to remove the network profile from the network manager.

[1] Right-click on the network icon and select the internet and network settings option in the notification area.

open network settings

[2]. Now on the left side panel click on the Wi-Fi option and then click on manage known networks.


[3] All the previously connected networks will be available on the list.

[4] Now select the preferred network and click on forget. It will delete the network profile that you have selected from your computer.


[5] Now try to connect with the network again and check if that resolves the issue. If you are still getting the problem then you should proceed to the next step.

4. Connect manually to the wireless network

Even after deleting the wireless network profile from your PC, you are still getting incorrect PSK provided for network SSID error then you should try to manually connect to the wireless network and create a new network profile.

To do that follow the steps one by one:

How to manually connect to a wireless network?

[1] Press Windows + R button to open the run dialogue box.

[2] Then type control in the run dialogue box and click on Ok.


[3] Short out the visible options by selecting small icons on the control panel and clicking on network and sharing center.


[4] Then you should click on set up a new connection or network option.


[5] Click on manually connect to a wireless network option and next.


[6] On the next window and add the name and password of your wireless network. You need to set the security type to WPA2-Personal And then next.


[7] And finally, you need to select use the existing network option to connect to the wireless network. If the connection is established successfully, try to open a webpage and see if the issue was fixed or not.

If the manual connection is not fixing the issue then you need to try connecting to the existing network profile using the command prompt.

5. Use the Elevated command prompt to connect to an existing network profile.

Even though you should have got your issue fixed by now, there is a chance that the incorrect PSK provided for Network SSID error still remains.

Some users have been informed that connecting to the existing network profile with the Elevated command prompt was successful when no other methods seem working.

The steps for this method would be the following:

[1] open run dialogue box and type up cmd And press Control + shift + enter to open the elevated command prompt. Click yes on the user account control (UAC) popup.

[2] Type the following command to get the list of all wireless network profiles:

netsh wlan show profiles

[3] Find the wireless network profile you want to connect to and type the following command followed by the enter key.

netsh wlan connect name= "network profile name"

Remember, you need to add your actual network profile name to the placeholder.

6. Update Windows

An obsolete operating system may find it difficult to cope with the latest software updates and drivers. This can be a valid reason for causing an incorrect PSK error while trying to connect a router.

If an outdated Windows is causing this error then you should try to update the windows. Updating the windows is very simple; just follow your way down the list.

  • Open the command prompt and run it with the administrator privilege.
  • Type sfc/scannow in command prompt and press enter.
  • Sfc /scannow will examine all of the important system files on your computer, including Windows DLL files. If it finds a problem with any of these protected files, will replace them.

After a complete update check if the Incorrect PSK Provided for Network SSID is fixed!

7. Scan you operating system files

There is a possibility that your operating system files are infected with viruses or malware so you should try to scan those files with windows defender to see if you can find any infected files that are preventing you from connecting to the internet router.

If you find any such infected files you need to resolve them as soon as possible to fix the network issue.

You can either scan your operating system files which Windows Defender default scanning procedure or with the help of the SFC command. To perform a quick scan on your PC apply the following steps below.

  • Open the command prompt and run it with the administrator privilege.
  • Type sfc/scannow in command prompt and press enter.
  • Sfc /scannow will examine all of the important system files on your computer, including Windows DLL files. If it finds a problem with any of these protected files, will replace them.

Network issues appear very often on Windows PC. Most of them get settled after a few setting alterations, system restart, or modem restart. But issues like the incorrect PSK may become panic for the users.

We hope these methods will certainly guide you to the conclusion of the problem and you can start enjoying internet connectivity again.

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