Ways To Change Network Status From Public To Private In Windows 8

In Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you have the options to choose a network from Public or Private scenarios so that you can share it with the devices in range. For Network in Public places, you do not need to share it while if your system is confined to your home or private place, you can allow the sharing to the devices. This settings could be managed in the Control Panel under the hood of Network section.

However, if you navigate to different places and need to change out the sharing settings of Network at short notice, there exists shortcut ways, using which you can easily configure these settings. In this article, we’ll discuss the different ways to make sharing allowed or disallowed with the network you’re connected with.

Change Network Status From Public To Private

Change Network Status Using Settings Charm

1. Press Windows Key + I combination on the keyboard to reveal the Settings charm. Now in the bottom, click on the Network icon there. Alternatively, you can click on the Network icon in the notification area on the taskbar.

Change Network Status From Public To Private

2. Now in the Networks section, right-click over the network whose status you’re looking for to change, select Turn sharing on or off.


3. Finally, you have the options to select between Private and Public status for your network. If you select Yes, turn on sharing or connect to devices, the network will be switched to Private status.


Change Network Status Using Group Policy Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R combination and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box.

2. In the left pane navigate to:

Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Setting -> Network List Manager Policies


3. Now in the above shown window, right-click on the network whose status you’re looking to change for and click Properties. Moving on, in the Properties window, you can easily select the status for the network. Click Apply followed by OK after making your choice.


Change Network Status Using Command Prompt

Open an administrative Command Prompt and paste following command and hit Enter:

netsh wlan delete profile name=”HomeNetwork”


This command will delete the Public network profile and you you can reconnect the network and this time you can select the Private mode at the time of connecting. If you wish to show the name of all the network profile enlisted on your system, you can reveal them by executing netsh wlan show profiles command at the Command Prompt.

Hope you find the tip useful.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows - Consumer and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • Thomas Beling

    This won’t work for me on a Surface Pro 2. Right-click will not show any options.

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure that the network whose status you’re going to change is not limited.

  • Thomas Beling

    It’s not limited. But, I’m connected via Wi-Fi, does this make the difference?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Right click is not working in both of first two methods?

  • Thomas Beling

    Second method works, yes.
    Shame on me, sorry!

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Its OK. Glad to hear that it worked for you :)

  • A Khare

    Thanks man I really appreciate it… the option of group policy editor worked for me….thanks again!!

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

  • Scmijo

    None of that worked for me ether. Here is what worked for me.
    1. Right click on Network icon in bottom right corner
    2. Go to Open Network and Sharing Center
    3. Go to HomeGroup on the left
    4. Start the HomeGroup troubleshooter
    5. Follow the steps. You come to a step that says you are currently on a Public Network. In order for HomeGroup to work you have to be on a Public Network. Would you like to fix then now.
    6. Viola exit the troubleshooter your Network is now Private

  • Rick Swengel

    What do you do when
    1. The troubleshooter can’t solve the problem
    2. The option to Find Devices and Content is not even visible for a network connection?

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