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How to change the Windows 8.1 network type from Public to Private

How to change the Windows 8.1 network type from Public to Private

How to change the Windows 8.1 network type from Public to Private


Most people don't know that the public setting for your Windows network has severe consequences for your reachability and connectivity in your local network. When public, your Windows computer behaves exactly like you’re on a public connection, like at an airport or hotel Wi-Fi. While this is a welcome feature when you're at these places, it prevents your computer from any communication with other devices in your local network which is not helpful if you are trying to transfer some photos between your mobile and your computer for example. The following steps show you how to change your network type from "Public" to "Private" on Windows 8.1:

  1. Go to the Desktop and right-click on the Network icon

    Figure 1. Network icon
    Network icon

     

  2. Left-click Open Network and Sharing Center

     

    Figure 2. Open Network and Sharing Center
    Open Network and Sharing Center

     

     

  3. Check if Network and Sharing Center shows your Network as a Public network when you're at home

     

    Figure 3. Check network type
    Check network type

     

     

  4. Move your cursor to the bottom right corner to open the Charms

     

    Figure 4. Open Charms
    Open Charms

     

     

  5. Click on the Settings icon

     

    Figure 5. Settings icon
    Settings icon

     

     

  6. Choose Change PC settings

     

    Figure 6. Change PC settings
    Change PC settings

     

     

  7. Choose Network

     

    Figure 7. PC settings
    PC settings

     

     

  8. Under connections left-click on your Network icon. The name may be different on your machine.

     

    Figure 8. Click on your network connection
    Click on your network connection

     

     

  9. Turn on the Find devices and content switch.

     

    Figure 9. Find devices and content
    Find devices and content

     

     

  10. Now you're done and you can verify your changes. Change to the Desktop by pressing Win+D and right-click on the Network icon.

     

    Figure 10. Network icon
    Network icon

     

     

  11. Left-click Open Network and Sharing Center.

     

    Figure 11. Open Network and Sharing Center
    Open Network and Sharing Center

     

     

  12. Your network connection should now correctly show a Private network connection in the Network and Sharing Center

     

    Figure 12. Network and Sharing Center
    Network and Sharing Center

     

     

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