How to change Windows 10 network location from Private to Public

Posted by Paul Braren on Oct 29 2015 (updated on Feb 25 2017) in
  • HowTo
  • Network
  • Windows
  • Windows 10 Version 1607 Build 14393

    Tim Anderson summed up a common self-induced scenario rather nicely at ITWriting:

    So I arrive at a hotel and turn on wi-fi and connect. That little dialog comes up, Do you want to find PCs devices and content on this network? The correct answer in a hotel is No, but in my jet-lagged stupor I click Yes. Oops.

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    If you're at an airport or hotel WiFi, you'll want to be sure your Windows 10 is set to the Public network type. This article shows you exactly how, and usually takes under 30 seconds.

    These first two videos below were created especially for Wi-Fi and Wired users of Windows 10 Build 1607, released in October of 2016. Not sure how to check your Windows version? Just press your keyboard's Windows key + R, type winver, then press the Enter key.

    Fix for Wi-Fi Network Connection

    For Wi-Fi networks, this short video loop demonstrates every step. Mouse-over to reveal playback controls. Only applicable to Windows 10 Version 1607 Build 14393.

    Fix for Wired Network Connection

    For Wired networks, this short video loop demonstrates every step. Mouse-over to reveal playback controls. Only applicable to Windows 10 Version 1607 Build 14393.

    No single fix works for everybody, with several fix methods listed in this article. The most successful & common fix is shown above, taking under 30 seconds. More techniques appear below. This article and videos were created on my Windows 10 Pro SuperServer Workstation.


    Jul 12 2016 Update

    Everything below is an archive, helpful for Windows 10 Build 10586 or older.

    Change from Private Network to Public Network (Windows 10)

    Fix (wired or wireless)

    Video playback controls let you pause/unpause at will. To make the controls go away, simply move the cursor away.

    See also at TinkerTry

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