• How to change your Win10 Network Profile from Public to Private

    Good question from SC:

    Hi Woody,

    After being upgraded to Version 1709, Build 16299.309, I can no longer find my “Network Profile” where I can change from Public to Private.

    Any idea where it might be or what happened?

    By the way, AskWoody.com is working great.

    I’ve been wondering that, too. I found the definitive answer on the MS Answers Forum, from a poster named TotallyInformation:

    Up until Creators Update, you could change it from either Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced Options or Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet with the setting “Make this PC discoverable”.

    However, it would appear that by some miracle of bonkers thinking from with Microsoft, there is no way to change this at all now from settings!

    To change it now, you either have to delete the network profile and let it recreate – make sure you choose the right setting! Or you can use PowerShell:


    Which lists the profiles and from which you need to find the index number

    Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex 1 -NetworkCategory Private

    Where 1 is the index number of the profile to change so may be something other than 1

    Hats off to TotallyInformation!

    UPDATE: There is a way to do it, in an obscure corner of the Settings app. See the comments for details. Thanks, @mcbsys!