25 Comments to How to change the Windows 10 network location to private (or public)

  1. Shelly says:

    I don’t get a screen to ‘find devices and content’ , I only get button to disconnect.

  2. Emily says:

    Same here, no option to find devices and content, just disconnect.

  3. Melinda de los Santos says:

    With all due respect, I already knew how to do that. My problem is why my all my photos keep popping up the windows app screen in photos.

    I guess I’ll just have to figure it out myself again.

    Even so, I really like your presentation. 🙂

  4. Walt says:

    Nothing you have said works and I have tried everything to make it work!!

  5. Stephen Crowley says:

    There is no “Make this PC discoverable” switch.

  6. Alex says:

    “Make this PC discoverable” does not exist.

  7. Kaatje says:

    I did this and under Wi-Fi it doesnt have Make this private.

    I want to make a HomeGroup on my computer so other laptops can share, but I cant find how to change the bloody Wi-Fi to private!

  8. Joe says:

    Why the fxxx did Microsoft tinker with this. In earlier versions of Windows, I could change it in 15 secs or less, now 2 hours later, I still can’t figure out how to do it in Windows 10.

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      I totally understand your frustration. That’s why we wrote this guide, to help you with this issue.

  9. herdivet says:

    Would be great, if it worked like that. Maybe some day it will. It currently does not. There’s no ‘Network Profile’ to change and no ‘Make this PC discoverable’. Not sure what version you have, or where it came from, but out here in the real world these settings don’t exist. Running April Creators update on Pro version.

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Are you on a business network, with a business PC?

  10. pym says:

    win 10 v.1803 i have nothing on there that says
    network profile

  11. DG says:

    Used the Powershell Command successfully , but upon restart it goes back to Public

  12. terry says:

    The box to select Public or Private never showed up so nothing worked.

  13. Oban says:

    Hi,
    worked fine with PowerShell commands except for the “Unidentified network” kind that resets to Public @reboot.
    The GUI menus don’t exist in Windows 10 1607 LTSB

    1. Oban says:

      In fact, in secpol.msc Network List Manager Policies there’s a group “Unidentified Networks” (note the ‘s’) and here that kind of network can be forced to Public or Private

  14. JPW says:

    Powershell did it for me – thanks.

  15. PhillC says:

    Had to remotely connect to an employee laptop but Powershell worked for me.

    Hopefully when they reboot, it will remember that it’s settings.

  16. Lynda Carlton says:

    Thank you very much. Instructions were soooo easy to follow and the screen shots were as per, – even for this 73 year old. Book marking this site is a must.

  17. carol says:

    couldn’t change to private. Would not accept check to private

  18. Daryl says:

    This article was GREAT! I had been trying to figure why some of the PC on the network did not see each other. Had everyone in the same work group but still could not see them. Step by step instructions for wireless or Ethernet.

  19. Ben says:

    could you include a screenshot of where the Network Profile option is in the Settings app? I could not find it there

    However, working from the Powershell in admin mode did allow me to change the Network Profile to Private

  20. p.m says:

    Digital Citizen instructions always seem to work for me…!

    1. Anonymous says:

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  21. Anthony (Windows 10) says:

    I reset the network to ‘Private’ it reverts to ‘Public’. This means I can’t properly connect wirelessly to other devices on my home network. There’s clearly a different function that’s affecting this; I have no idea how to find it.
    Thanks for any advice!

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