Windows 7 Home Premium - Public network - How to change to Work Network?
Posted on 2014-10-13
This is a wired connection not wireless. I'm using a static ip address, not a DHCP address.
I'm trying to setup a peer to peer network with just 2 pc's a WinXP Pro SP3 and a Win7 SP1 64 bit Premium Home edition.
I've a static ip on each pc and I can ping between them by ip and by hostname. I have netbios over tcp enabled. I have each pc's hostname added to the hosts file. I have them both in the same workgroup. I have the same user account and password setup on each pc. I have the user accounts in the local admin group. I have network discovery, etc enabled. I have shares setup on each pc and I can map\connect to them. I can create, delete, and copy files to and from each pc. I can see the Win 7 pc in XP's My Network Places.
What I can't do is see the XP pc in the Win 7 Network map. I believe this is because the active network properties are set to "Unidentified network" and "Public Network". The Access type connection is set to "Local Area Network".
I understand that the Public Network Profile is the most restrictive type of profile.
I disabled the network adapters (wired, wireless, bluetooth) and just enabled the wired adapter. Win7 discovers it and it defaults to the Public network profile automatically.
This being the Home Premium edition.
Can I change this default behavior? If so how?
Can I change the Public Network profile to a Work Network profile? If so how?
I need to be able to see the XP pc in the Win7 Network map in order to install a client for an app that sits on the XP pc.
I've searched the web for the answer. The articles I'm finding seem to be for Windows 7 Pro, Enterprise edition, etc. What's described in them don't seem to apply to the Home Premium edition. Registry settings I've read about are not found in the Home Premium edition for example. The words Public Network are in black and it's not a link like in Win7 Pro and there's no change Button in the Home Edition like there is in Win7 Pro, etc.
If you need more info let me know.