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.
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.
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.
Everything below is an archive, helpful for Windows 10 Build 10586 or older.
Fix (wired or wireless)
- How to change Windows 10 network location from Public to Private
If you're trying to go in the opposite direction, this article is for you!
- Superguide: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE
Free way to back up and restore your family's Windows 10 PCs, using a local disk or any Windows or NAS network share.
How to Set Network Location to be Public or Private in Windows 10
Jun 07 2015 by Brink at Windows Ten Forums
- Choosing a network location