Public Network won't change to Private

Peter Wilson
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How do I change a Public Network to Private. Windows 8.1 and 10.

There is no ability to Make this PC discoverable.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
If you have Windows 10 Version 1709, click on the wireless icon, Properties, and you can change the setting.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/31098/Windows-10-2017-Fall-Creator-Update-V1709.html

For lesser versions or Windows 8, it is easier to delete the wireless profile, restart and remake the profile.

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and  then:

netsh wlan delete profile name="profile name"

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I have no ability to change these settings in Win10 Pro.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You need to get your IT Administrator to do it or give you access to do it.
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Blue Street TechLast Knight
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Hi Peter,

I bet when you set this up/joined the wireless network you selected No to find other PCs, devices and other connected to the network... by selecting "No" when joining the network it will auto-assign the network to the Public space.

You can switch this Private by going to Start > Run and type regedit.
Browse to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\
Locate the string which is your wireless network and modify the Category from 0 to 1. You can look at the ProfileName and/or Description key for each string to help determine which string is your network.
Category:
0 = Public
1 = Private
Disconnect and then reconnect to the network.

A great write-up for your specific Windows version/builds is located here: https://tinkertry.com/how-to-change-windows-10-network-type-from-private-to-public

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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Commented:
We are a small remote office with no IT admin. We setup a new wireless access point and now my Win10 Pro laptops are connecting as Public. I will try what you have suggested.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
See if you can set up an Admin account on the laptop. Be careful using the registry if you are a small company. Changing from Public to Private does not require registry changes.

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Commented:
my account is an admin in Windows. I still have no option - it is not that it is greyed out it simply doesn't exist.
Last Knight
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Commented:
Most likely your Windows 10 version the "toggle" or "switch" is Making this PC Discoverable. Depending on what you put there will signify Private or Public. Off = Public, On = Private. The reg modification will do the same. See the link I have in my last post.

Also, as a side note, you should have Admin rights...you should be a Standard User and have the password of an Admin account for elevation - it is a better security model, especially since it is a small environment and assuming you do not connect to a domain. If you connect to a domain you should most assuredly not have Admin rights.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
So then something wrong with the operating system.

First try DISM

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator. Run dism.exe /oneline /cleanup-image /restorehealth

Restart and test.

If that does work try a Windows 10 repair install.

Go to the Media Creation Link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Windows 10 is running, so click on the Download button (not Upgrade Button, select Open (Run) but NOT Save. Allow the program to run. Allow drivers to update. Then select Keep Everything.

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Enabling Discover my PC resolved it. Thank you!

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