If you want to change the Network profile type in Windows 11/10, here is how to do that using Windows Settings, Registry Editor, Windows PowerShell, Command Prompt and Group Policy. There are three network types, and you can switch from one to another using these tutorials.
There are mainly two Network profile types if you are a regular home computer user – Public and Private. However, if your computer is connected to an organization, you may also find Domain network option on your Windows computer. If you want to switch from Public to Private or vice versa, you can follow the following guide.
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 setting 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 the Network at short notice, there exist shorter ways using which you can easily configure these settings.
Before getting started, you must know that these changes are network-specific. For instance, if you have an Ethernet connection and you change the network profile type from Public to Private, it will be applied only on that particular Ethernet connection. If you want to do the same for a Wi-Fi connection (even different SSIDs), you need to repeat the same steps.
How to change Network Profile Type in Windows 11
To change the Network profile type in Windows 11/10, follow these methods:
- Using Windows Settings
- Using Registry Editor
- Using Windows PowerShell
- Using Group Policy Editor
- Using Command Prompt.
To learn more about these ways, keep reading.
1] Using Windows Settings
It is probably the best and easiest method to switch between various network profile types in Windows 11. As Windows Settings comes with a user-friendly interface, you can quickly navigate to the path and make the change. To change network profile type using Windows Settings, do the following:
- Press Win+I to open the Windows Settings panel.
- Go to Network & internet.
- Click on the internet source (Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
- Select either Public or Private.
- Restart your computer.
Once done, your computer will continue using the selected network profile type unless or until you change it manually.
In Windows 10, to change Network Status from Public to Private or vise versa, you can:
- Open Settings
- Select Network and Internet
- Click WiFi section
- Click on the network
- In the next panel, select Private or Public.
In Windows 8.1, 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.
Now in the Networks section, right-click over the network whose status you’re looking for to change, select Turn sharing on or off.
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.
2] Using Registry Editor
It is possible to change the network profile type using Registry Editor. It doesn’t take much time as long as you have the network name noted. You may have to go through all the entries one after one to find out the network name and make the change. To change the network profile type using Registry Editor, do the following:
Press Win+R to open the Run dialog.
Press regedit > hit the Enter button.
Click on the Yes option on the UAC prompt.
Go to this location:
Click on the sub-key that represents your desired network profile.
Double-click on the Category REG_DWORD value.
Select the Value data 0 for Public, 1 for Private, and 2 for Domain.
Click the OK button.
Restart your computer.
In the Profiles key, you may find many sub-keys. Each sub-key denotes a particular network you have been connected to. You need to check the ProfileName String Value to find out a particular network.
3] Using Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell can let you do the same thing in Windows 11. You can use either Windows PowerShell or open the same in Windows Terminal. For that, do the following:
- Search for powershell in the Taskbar search box.
- Click on the Run as Administrator option.
- Click the Yes button.
- Enter this command: Get-NetConnectionProfileNote down the Name of the profile.
- Enter this command: Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name “Network-Name” -NetworkCategory Public
- Close Windows PowerShell and restart your computer.
Alternatively, you can enter the following command to change the network profile type to Private:
Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name "Network-Name" -NetworkCategory Private
Also, you must replace the Network-Name with your original network profile name.
4] 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 want 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.
5] Change Network Status using Command Prompt
Open an administrative Command Prompt and paste the following command and hit Enter:
netsh wlan delete profile name="HomeNetwork"
This command will delete the Public network profile, and you can reconnect the network this time, you can select the Private mode at the time of connecting.
If you wish to show the name of all the network profiles listed on your system, you can reveal them by executing netsh wlan show profiles command at the Command Prompt.
That’s all! I hope this guide helped.
How do I change my network profile type?
You can use Windows Settings, Windows PowerShell, and Registry Editor to change your network profile type. In Windows Settings, go to Network & internet > click on the network profile > select Private or Public.
How do I change my network from public to private?
To change network from Public to Private in Windows 11, you need to go to Network & internet in Windows Settings, click on the Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and select the Private option. For your information, it changes the network profile type for a particular network.