Is there any reason to change my current default network setting in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit from Public Network to Home Network?

Posted on 2012-09-15
Last Modified: 2012-09-29
Is there any reason to change my current default network setting in Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit from Public Network to Home Network?

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit now. When I set up my laptop for first time use after installing the OS, I choose Public Network as default for my laptop as I always live on hotel's in Asia (mostly mainland China).

Isn't the case that when I chose Public Network as default for my laptop, my laptop will activate higher security for all network activities and give less automatic permissions? So I can't see any reason why ever having a Home Network as default. Even in the home, in some countries, it's really not a "Home" Network in the sense that it would be more private and secure for intrusions.
Question by:hermesalpha
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    Well, in Network & Sharing Center, if you click Change advanced sharing settings, you can make the settings identical for Home and Public networks. But that screen also shows you what's different about them.  If you don't have any other computers on your home network, then you're not really losing anything by setting the location as Public, unless you wanted to use it as a Media Server to your AVR, BD player, TV, et al.
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    by:John Hurst
    The Public setting can restrict access to things (which I think is the substance of the above post) and I never use it. I always set NIC's to WORK and then set the Home/Work settings in Network and Sharing center to share what I wish. I then use a very good AntiVirus/Firewall suite and my own good sense to protect things.

    ... Thinkpads_User
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    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    If you don't need the functions available with home or work then there is no reason to change it.

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