While creating a new Network on your Windows 7 computer, you are asked if you would like to treat the connection as a Home network, Work network, or a Public network.
You are also given the option to check a box which says:
Treat all future networks that I connect to as public, and don’t ask me again.
If you have checked this box, then in the future, you may be unable to change or set your network connection location when attempting to connect to a network.
The location associated with the network connection may not be a clickable link and the Windows 7 Network connections will be stuck in Public mode.
To resolve this issue Microsoft suggests the following:
- Open Device Manager and expand Network adapters
- Right-click on the first adapter under Network Adapters and click Disable, and then repeat this step for all network adapters. Your monitor may blink.
- Re-enable only the adapter that’s associated with the public-network setting that you are trying to change.
- Click Start, and type Network and Sharing Center in the Search programs and files box, and then click Network and Sharing Center, from the list
- In the lower-left side of the dialog box, click Choose Homegroup and sharing options.
- Click What is a network location, and select your network location.
- Finally, re-enable your remaining adapters, one by one in Device Manager.
- Right-click each of the disabled adapters under Network Adapters and click Enable.
- When all Network Adapters are enabled, close the Device Manager and you’re done.
If you face this problem, you can also download and apply the Fix It from KB2578723.
This fix-it will reset the settings, rectify the problem, and make the network connections link clickable.