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

    Posted on April 20th, 2018 at 08:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    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:

    Get-NetConnectionProfile

    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!

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    Home Forums How to change your Win10 Network Profile from Public to Private

    This topic contains 10 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  anonymous 5 months, 3 weeks ago.

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    • #186057 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      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 f
      [See the full post at: How to change your Win10 Network Profile from Public to Private]

    • #186091 Reply

      anonymous

      I have windows 10 Home 1709, 16299.371 and i can get to the public/private settings in the settings. Go to settings, Network and Internet, wifi, manage known networks, click on your known network and select properties.  Under Network Profile cheoose public or private.  This is how I did it.  I don’t think you can do it from the regular control panel anymore or at least I haven’t found a way.

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    • #186095 Reply

      anonymous

      In Windows 10 Home 1709 Build 371 it’s under Settings, Network and Internet, Status, Change connection properties.

    • #186098 Reply

      mcbsys
      AskWoody Lounger

      Extensive documentation on multiple methods here:

      https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6815-set-network-location-private-public-windows-10-a.html

      Seems like I used the “Make this PC Discoverable” option recently.

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      • #186284 Reply

        conehead
        AskWoody Lounger

        Unless I am missing something, these settings are not available in Win 10  Pro Version 1709, Build 16299.309.

        • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  conehead.
        • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  conehead.
    • #186127 Reply

      zero2dash
      AskWoody Lounger

      I usually go into the HomeGroup settings, and if you’re on a Public network, it will show a warning that “you cannot access HomeGroups under a Public network, click here to change to Private” and it does it for you.

      Of course in the SCU, they removed HomeGroups, so now you have to resort to other methods.

    • #186157 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody Lounger

      For automation methods using AutoHotkey or PowerShell, have a look at this thread.

      Hope this helps…

      • #186176 Reply

        santino
        AskWoody Lounger

        You gotta love Powershell. On %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe it spits this:

        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : HRESULT 0x80041013,Get-NetConnectionProfile

         

        • #187059 Reply

          anonymous

          This error is shown when you run that cmdlet in a 32 bit PowerShell. Try again in a 64 bit PowerShell.

    • #186189 Reply

      Mele20
      AskWoody Lounger

      The easiest and quickest way in 1709 (16299.334) is to right click on the Internet icon in the systray and choose Open Network and Internet Settings.  That takes you to the Status page where you click on Change Connection Properties.  That shows you your current Network Profile where you can change from private to public or the other way.

      Right there also is where you set it to a metered connection (which I hope we have all done. I plan to keep 1709 for the rest of the year so I don’t have to hassle with the loss of Home Group).

    • #186281 Reply

      b
      AskWoody Lounger

      I think there is a problem with this setting. On several computers with Windows 10 Version 1709 Build 16299.371, I have no Network Profile setting under Connection Properties for Ethernet or Wi-Fi (and no way I can find to select Private or Public without resorting to PowerShell.)

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