If you have a laptop or a PC with a wireless network adapter, you can see a list of available wireless networks in your area, and then connect to one of those networks. The wireless networks will only appear if your PC has a wireless network adapter installed, the adapter is turned on, and the wireless access point is in range.
A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.
You can either connect to a wireless network manually for just that session, or have Windows always automatically connect to the wireless network when it’s within range.
This tutorial will show you how to start or stop automatically connecting to a wireless network profile in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.