Sunday, August 13, 2017

Changing Windows Network Type via Editing Windows Registrar

Sometimes I need to change the network type of an Ethernet or a WiFi adapter on my Windows hosts. The network type is referred to the categories of a network adapter, and the category can be either "private" or "public". These two categories of networks can be set up with different access controls. According to my experience, it has been difficult to change the network type via the Windows Graphical User Interface that sometimes change from version to version and release to release, and it is much easier to change it via either the PowerShell Command Line or the Windows Registrar,

The steps to change the network type by editing the Windows Registrar are as follows,

  1. Run regedit
  2. Locate the following Registrar key,
                               –> Microsoft 
                               –> Windows NT 
                               –> CurrentVersion 
                               –> NetworkList 
                               –> Profiles
  3. Search or go through each profile to locate the profile that corresponds to the network adapter you wish to change the network type. I finds that it is easy to locate the adapter based on the "Description" field.
  4. Then change the Category value. Set the value as 0 to assign the adapter as a "Public" network, 1 a "Private" network, and 2 a "Domain" network.
The reference of this note is "4 Ways To Change Network Type In Windows 10 (Public, Private or Domain)".

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