Windows 7 Network and Sharing Control Panel reinstall

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I connected to my corporate secure wireless G network and accidentally selected "public" network as the type instead of Work network in the Win7 Network and Sharing Center.  I may have inadvertently checked the option to "treat all new connections as public and no longer ask" as well.  
I obtain a propert ip addrss and configuration, but no internet connectivity.  The ntework profile is designated public and does not allow me to change it. I have deleted the connection and restarted the machine, but the the connection continues to be defined as public with no Internet when I manually add it. I have added other connections and changed the state, but this one seems stuck.

Is there a way to either:

1. Restore the setting to force the Wizard to prompt for a prfile type when adding a new connection or
2. Remove and reinstall the Network and Sharing Control panel so it reverts back to original settings (wihout a complet OS install)?
3. Manually remove the secure connection in a way that forces all remnants of the connection to be removed.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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go to Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Sharing Center

Under View your active networks, you will see an icon and the name of your network.  Just under the name, will tell you if it is public, home or private.  Click this link.  The Set Network Location window will open allowing you to change your setting for this connection.  At the bottom is a checkbox that will allow you to apply the setting to future networks.

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Thanks for the quick rwsponse.  I My issue is that this option no longer apperarsa when i click on the actve network icon.  The behvaior suggest that the defined wireless profile and settings are corrupted.  if i delete the profile, it comes back with the previous settings.  That is why i am looking for a way to manually remove this profile and settings so i can truly start fresh or memove reinstall the control panel as a Windows component so it rolls back to original settings.  Thanks
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have you tried system restore?
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Disconnect from the wireless connection.  Go to Network and Sharing Center and click on your icon as illustrated in the attached drawing.  Then on the next screen click on the link on the bottom of the screen labeled "Merge or delete network locations." Scroll to the network location you want to fix and choose to delete it.  The next time you connect it should ask you what kind of network it is.

Hope that helps,
Jeff
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Thanks, but still no change.  As mentioned, it appears I am caught either with a corrupted prifile that will not completely disappear even when deleted, oor a corrupted Network Control Panel Thay will not provide all of the standard soptions for this particular wireless connection.  If you know of a away to positively delete or reset settings manually, that would be helful.
The trick that's worked for me 100% of the time is to go into the device manager and uninstall your network card.  Then reboot, which will automatically reinstall the network card.  This resets all settings associated with your wireless card.  The only down side is that this will clear ALL settings, so if you have a dozen wireless AP saved from different locations then you'll lose those settings as well.

-Jeff

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I tried the device removal once and unfortunately had the same result. All location settings were cleared but believe it or not, it came back to the same settings for the specific location i was trying to change.  This implies there are some registry settings that perhaps cannot be cleared.  

Considering System Restore as mentioned above, but do not wnat to make any changes until after today--finishing a project.  

Thanks

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I am accepting all three of your solutions as it appears they each addressed some aspect of my issue.  In the end, i have decded to perform a wipe and install to ensure my main system is stable.  

This appears to be one ara where Windows 7 has removed a level of control to make the OS more user friendly, but introduces issues when precise tuning is required.  The line blurs between Windows and Mac just a bit more.

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