How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10

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Introduction

This guide demos 2 methods to change network from public to private in Windows 10.

If your computer is NOT in a domain you could add an interface to 2 profiles:

  • Private
  • Public

However, for domain-joined Windows 10 PCs a third option DomainAuthenticated becomes available.

How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10

Options to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10

The two options to change network from public to private discussed in this guide are:

  • Change from network settings properties
  • Change with Powershell

1
How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10 (Network Settings)

The easiest way to change network from public to private is from the properties of the network interface card.

Here are the detailed steps:

  • From your taskbar, click the network icon (In my example, I clicked on my Wifi).
How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10 (Network Settings)
  • When available network connections opens, beneath the interface of the connected network, click Properties.
How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10 (Network Settings)
  • Finally, beneath Network profile, select Private.
How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10 (Network Settings)

2
How to Change Network from Public to Private in Windows 10 (PowerShell)

As you would expect you can also modify network connection profile with PowerShell.

Here are the steps:

  • Type powershell in search bar. Then select Windows PowerShell from the search results.
  • At PowerShell command prompt, type this command. Then press enter.
Get-NetConnectionProfile

The command displays profile details of all network interfaces in your Windows 10 PC.

Note the InterfaceIndex of the network adapter you wish to modify. For this example, I will change the adapter with InterfaceIndex of 17.

  • To change the network profile to private, type this command and press enter.
Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex 17 -NetworkCategory Private
  • To confirm that it changed successfully, type the Get-NetConnectionProfile command. Then press enter. The NetworkCategory is now showing as Private.

Conclusion

Connecting your network to the right profile has serious security implications. The network profile you connect to will determine the firewall policies that will be applied.

The first method discussed in this guide is generally for everyday Windows 10 users. While the second method is for Windows Sys admins.

I hope you found the guide useful. If you have a question, comment or feedback use the “Leave a Reply” form found at the end of this page.

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