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Changing the network from public -> private in Windows 10 is way to convoluted (works for 8.1, 8 and 7 too)

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/05

I often wonder why do they make changing the network location more difficult in each Windows version.

Anyway: for Windows 10, the secpol.msc way still works even though by default you now need to use a command prompt or the Windows-R key-combo to start it as typing it in the “Ask me Anything” search often gets you to bing (the search is too slow to figure out it is available locally even if you’re running a machine with SSD).

So from [WayBackTop 10: Windows Firewall Netsh Commands (via: Windows Server content from Windows IT Pro), this still works in Windows 10:

a secpol.msc way that is easy:

  1. Press Win+R, then type secpol.msc
  2. Click on “Network List Manager Policies”
  3. Double-click on your network
  4. Optionally give your network another name
  5. Click on “Tab Network Location”
  6. Set “Location Type” to “Private”

Go back to Network and Sharing Center to check the result.

In Windows 10 there are half a dozen other ways: [WayBackNetwork Location – Set to Private or Public in Windows 10 – Windows 10 Tutorials

  • Option One: To Change a Network Location in Settings app
  • Option Two: To Change a Network Location in Registry Editor
  • Option Three: To Change a Network Location Local Security Policy
  • Option Four: To Change a Network Location in PowerShell
  • Option Five: To Change Network Location of Current Network Connection in PowerShell
  • Option Six: To Change Network Location of Current Network Connection using a VBS file

I like this PowerShell script too via [WayBacknetworking – How do I force Windows 10 to see a network as private? – Super User:

## Change NetWorkConnection Category to Private
#Requires -RunasAdministrator

Get-NetConnectionProfile |
  Where{ $_.NetWorkCategory -ne 'Private'} |
  ForEach {
    $_|Set-NetConnectionProfile -NetWorkCategory Private -Confirm



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