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Cannot change active network from public to home in Windows 7

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  • Hello,  I have just installed Windows 7 RC 7100.  I have a netgear fa311 network card, which it did not automatically install.  I manually installed the drivbers and now it has identified my home network as a "Public network" so I can not connect to the internet.  I can't seem to find any way to change this to the "Home network".  Can anyone help please?
    Monday, May 18, 2009 10:25 AM

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  • Hello Darene,

    Well, I have now given up on my previos two nics.  This is obviously a driver issue as I have now installed a 3Com and everything works fine!  If you want me to do any future driver testing for these cards just drop me an email.  Thanks for all your input guys.
    • Marked as answer by ellerdch Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:49 AM
    Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:48 AM

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  • Hi. I have the same issue with my newly installed win7rc 7100 64bit system. I have home network with few xp and linux machines and they´re routed to internet trough Homeline adsl2+ modem/router.Other machines gets to internet but my win7 machine (intel core2 6700, Asus P5K mobo with integrated Atheros L1 gigabit ethernet controller) sees only my network as public and this somehow prevents it to connect to internet. It shows that the connection to router is ok but from there its disconnected. win7 gets ip from dchp server(the modems lanside) but it still is somehow "dead". Any ideas how to change the setting to "home" from "public". I tried also put fixed ip on win7 but it didn´t help on this. Driver failure or something? 
    Monday, May 18, 2009 10:42 AM
  • Hi again. This is update to my previous reply:
    I upgraded the Atheros driver from their website (via xp machine and usbstick) and no change.Also tried with another ethernetcontoller, 3Com 3C905B-TX, with no status change.
    My networking status is still unidentified network(public) and the internet connection is disabled. I also tested to change it trough homegroup tool and still no change. I think that next i´m going to change systems mobo to AMD based solution and check is there any change... This is not good, at all... 
    Monday, May 18, 2009 1:37 PM
  • If your network does _not_ show up as 'Unidentified', you can change the category of the network via Network and Sharing Center. Click on the network icon in the tray and select 'Open Network and Sharing Center' from the flyout UI.
    Your active network will be displayed. Look for the 'Public network' text next to the network's icon, and click on it (it is a link). That will launch a dialog that will let you pick the category for the network.
     

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:33 PM
  • If you run 'ipconfig' in a command window, what IPv4 address does it display for your Ethernet adapter?

    • Proposed as answer by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:30 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:30 AM
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:36 PM
  • Hello,  Tried that! The"Public network" text is not a link!!  Not here on this pc anyway!  The ip address I have is 169.254.172.117 with a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0
    Tuesday, May 26, 2009 6:21 PM
  • The IP address indicates that your PC could not obtain an actual IP address from your router. This will cause your network to be 'Unidentified' and default to 'Public network'.
    You may be experiencing an issue with the network adapter drivers, or with the router.

    Can you collect some logs that can help us narrow down your issue?

    Steps:
    1. Disconnect your Ethernet cable from the adapter
    2. Run an elevated command window (cmd.exe)
    2. In the command window, run
         netsh trace start AddressAcquisition capture=yes
    3. Reconnect your Ethernet cable to the adapter and wait for a couple of minutes
    4. In the command window, run
         netsh trace stop

    The last step will print out the location of the CAB file - it will be named NetTrace.cab. Can you please email that CAB file to darene.lewis at microsoft.com?

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:22 PM
  • The IP address indicates that your PC could not obtain an actual IP address from your router. This will cause your network to be 'Unidentified' and default to 'Public network'.


    The above assumes that the network adapter will be assigned an IP address via DHCP.  It's quite often the case that people run purely local networks using non-routable, static IPs manually assigned to each PC. 

    I have the same problem with Windows 7 as described above and as described in the similar thread at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itpronetworking/thread/4fd9d3e8-8b1b-4a55-9190-2a61410aff6a

    I have a several computers in my home office.  Each has two enet ports, as is typical with modern motherboards, but for now I'm using only one enet port on each computer.  I have a simple network where each computer has a static IP assigned to the enet port, such as 172.16.1.30, 172.16.1.31, 172.16.1.32 and so on, using a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 for each.  Each is a member of the OFFICE workgroup.  The computers are the usual mix of XP x64, Windows Server 2008 x64 (my favorite to date when configured for use as a desktop system), and Vista x64. The enet cables from all the machines are plugged into an inexpensive, but very fast, 10/100/1000 D-Link switch/hub. Whenever I need Internet connectivity I'll plug in a USB WiFi adapter and bang.. there's Internet.

     It all works great on all the machines except those running Windows 7, where it cannot be configured in a sensible way.

    With Windows 7 it reports the enet connection as "Unidentified network" as a "Public network" and the "Public Network" bit cannot be clicked to change to Home Network or Work Network.   Nothing works.  I've even tried the secpol.msc alteration mentioned in the thread URL given above.   I'd sure appreciate any tips.

    Two other comments:

    First comment: Why run static IPs?  

    1. For a small number of computers this is easier than setting up one of the machines as a DHCP server, which then has to be kept turned on all the time (hey guys... that's not green!).

    2. This can be made safer for inexpert network admins than sharing the same segment of assigned IP addresses assigned by an Internet router used as a DHCP server.  Not perfect, I grant, but in some ways easier for a novice to keep the purely local segment seperated from Internet.

    3. Using static IPs allows you to use a fast, inexpensive switch like the D-Link for gigabit speeds.  Nice to see those big files get copied instantaneously.  I guess the switch could "learn" the dynamically assigned DHCP IP addresses, but this way I know it happens for sure.

    4. Can always use the known IP addresses for debugging connectivity using ping.  Call me old fashioned, but it sure is nice to ping a real IP without having to figure out how Windows is resolving machine names.


    Second comment: This is how to send Windows 7 down the path of Vista

    Why do I have eight machines in my home office?  I'm the lead documentation writer for a company that sells a few hundred thousand copies a year of very sophisticated software.   My colleagues and I decided that the next revision of doc would be based on Windows 7, so I went ahead and started building the environment to support all that writing with hundreds of examples, screenshots and the like.  If guys like me find Windows 7 more of an obstacle to our work than a benefit, people are just going to stick with XP or, if they've already broken their teeth on it, Vista.   There's also the humble impact of having a few hundred thousand sets of documentation continuing on into 2010 *not* using Windows 7 but continuing with XP...

    Microsoft has got to give people a reason to move to Windows 7 and unnecessary annoyances with obvious, typical situations like hooking up a handful of machines into a local network is one of them.  The Homegroup thing is commendable but it is Dead On Arrival for many people because they simply will not or cannot move to Windows 7 on all their machines at the same time.  For that matter, the Homegroup thing needs a Home Network setting and that should be trivial to accomplish with static IPs as well as dynamically assigned IPs.  It's not.

    It's commendable that Windows 7 is a bit faster.  But people already have far more processing speed in their CPUs than they can use, so that's not going to be enough to make the sale.

    Incredibly stupid and unreliable networking has been a hallmark of Windows for too many years.   Please, Microsoft, please, just redirect all the drones who seem to think that superficial prettification is the way to a better Windows and move some resources into the banal but critical task of wiring up a bunch of varied Windows computers into a simple network that comes up all the time where machines can see each other without fail and files can be copied to and fro.



    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 7:29 PM
  • Go to Device Manager, Network Adapters, disable the card, wait and then enable again.  It should all work immdiately.  Worked for me
    • Proposed as answer by ad1988 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:24 PM
    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:37 PM
  • I think we are dealing with a problem that actually goes back to the introduction of the Windows Vista code base. What I have noticed in all versions of windows released since then is that NIC card connected to a residential gateway device always get setup as the home network. The second NIC card where you actually want to have the Home or Work setting seems to get ignored and becomes the "Unidentified Network." At least this situation was still correctible until the release of Windows 7 RC1. A theory I have is that Microsoft is probably trying to fix another problem I have noticed when one goes in and corrects the network designations is that the settings may not always stick where you want them to be. Take for example, doing something as simple as enabling printer sharing, your settings may revert back to your intial setup values without you knowing it. I have found that I have always needed to go back in and double check my settings each time I needed to change something related to the network. My hope is that someone at Microsoft can realize what is really happening with network detection and get it right. How hard can it be to have Windows reverve the network assignments on initial setup? 
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:12 AM
  • Hello, Thanks for your input.  I tried that, but it still does not work.
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:33 PM
  • Eller -
    1. Is your network card connected directly to the router or via a switch?
    2. Are there other PCs also connected to the same router which work fine?
    3. If you are dual-booting, can you boot to the OS where you have Internet access and provide the results of 'ipconfig /all'?

    Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:19 PM
  • Hello Darene,
    1. via a 3COM office hub.
    2. Yes and through the same hub!
    3. Not dual booting!  Same setup worked with win 7 beta.
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:52 PM
  • Eller,
    I took a look at the traces you shared and it shows that your PC attempted to acquire an IP address via DHCP (DHCP Discover packet was sent), but no responses were received. The trace also shows that there were no incoming packets of any kind. This seems to look like a driver issue.
    I'm following up with other folks here to see if there are any known issues with the NETGEAR FA311, but in the meanwhile could you try using a different Ethernet NIC if possible?
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:39 PM
  • Also what if you plug the NIC directly into the router (bypassing the hub)?

    Can you provide the driver name, date and version information as well? You can retrieve the date and version by running Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), right-clicking on your network adapter and selecting Properties. Then select the 'Driver' tab and note the information displayed.
    Next click on 'Driver Details' and note the driver filenames that are listed along with file version information.

    Please share the collected information.
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:00 PM
  • To add to this issue this evening I was having router issues with my range booster.  I reset it through it's online controls and in the process changed it from wireless channel 11 to wireless channel 3 since there are multiple home networks in my area that I can detect and I wanted to test for possible interference.  The moment I restarted windows refused to allow me to connect to the internet via my network saying it was now a public network despite the fact that all settings were the same it was now just broadcasting on a different wireless channel.  Try as I might I could find no option or setting to make windows recognize the network as the home network and attempting network troubleshooting diagnostics only returned results of "windows could not identify any problems" and after running the homegroup troubleshooter it even offered to switch it from a public to home network, which I accepted yet the change never happened.  After I changed it back to wireless channel 11 the problem went away and it immediately recognized it as the home network again.  To test this and see if the issue could be worked around I went as far as deleting all my saved networks and reconfiguring them all from scratch yet it never asked me to identify any network as home or public and seemed to "remember" my previous choices despite the fact that I deleted my network settings.  I admit I did not try it in safe mode though which might have an impact.

    I can confirm though as a vista user that changing the broadcast channel of a router or extender with vista did not cause this to happen.  Also while my network was set to public it would not allow connection to the internet by any traditional method (mmo, web browser, im client) oddly torrent applications and my desktop gadgets continued to function with no problems at all.  Even going so far as disabling windows firewall and all my anti virus etc I still could not connect to any webpage via browsing so long as it identified the network as "public".
    Friday, May 29, 2009 2:10 AM
  • Just to add to this discussion.  I am having similar issues with my  Windows 7 RC connecting to a wired network.  I'm running it on a laptop and the wireless adapter finds and connects with no issues to my router.  However I use my system in a docking station and prefer to have it connected using a cable.  I do get the lovely Unidentified network/public network message for my local connection.  I have tried an update on the NIC and I have tried to disable the wireless and connect just with the wired to no avail. 
    Friday, May 29, 2009 2:24 AM
  • Hello Darene,
    I get the same result if I connect straight into the router!
    Driver details are:-
    netfa31x.inf
    fa31xnd5.sys
    The driver is not digitally signed so no date or version info is available.
    Friday, May 29, 2009 8:56 AM
  • Hello Darene,

    Any ideas where I can get suitable drivers for a Compaq Netelligent PCI 10/100TX nic?  I have instelled this and Win 7 doesn't have any native drivers for this card!
    Friday, May 29, 2009 3:12 PM
  • This is definitely a driver issue.  I'm having the same issue with this same NIC. 
    1. DevMan says the driver is installed correctly (and it installed like normal, reading Netgear FA311).
    2. It does not pick up DHCP.
    3. Setting to static IP has no effect.
    4. The Local Area Connection Status page shows packets being sent but none received.
    5. Other workstations in the same LAN cannot reach it (Destination Unreachable in a PING).
    Darene, do we have a solution yet?
    Wednesday, June 03, 2009 1:46 AM
  • I am also having an issue similar to this.  I am also using the FA311 (I think that's the MN it's the netgear Gig NIC - will update when I get home).  I have my onboard 10/100 NIC as the internet facing (through switch/firewall) NIC, the FA311 I have connected to my server machine which has the same NIC via a x-over cable.  IP's are static (10.0.0.1 and 10.0.0.2) and have added a route to my persistent route table.  No matter how many times I try I can not change that network to a private or work network.  I use this connection to xfer files over a gigabit connection (large files at least 2gb+) since it would be much faster.  Tried all the suggestions stated in this thread except using an old driver which I will try this evening.

    More info:
    This is the Windows 7 x64
    I do dual boot into XP Pro x64 and this was verified to work in that OS and in XP Pro x32.
    Thursday, June 04, 2009 7:42 PM
  • Hello Darene,

    Well, I have now given up on my previos two nics.  This is obviously a driver issue as I have now installed a 3Com and everything works fine!  If you want me to do any future driver testing for these cards just drop me an email.  Thanks for all your input guys.
    • Marked as answer by ellerdch Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:49 AM
    Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:48 AM
  • I actually solved my issue with my NIC.  The nic is actually a Netgear GA311 Gigabit NIC.  Windows for some reason installed a Realtek Family 10/100 driver for it.  I didn't notice until I tried to update the driver.  Everytime I uninstalled the Realtek Driver, windows would go out and automatically download the realtek driver again.  Needed nimble mouse skills to get it to cancel before the driver was downloaded.  Once I got the correct drivers installed, the NIC worked great.  I just had to add the persisitent route again and make sure that when I xfer the files I am going through the 10.0.0.x ip and not the 192.168.1.x. 

    BUT, I still can not change the network from a public network.  I would like to have more control over what a network is designated as but since I can work around that it doesn't bother me as much.
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:54 PM
  • The network card drivers are irrelevant in this case - if they were a problem you wouldn't have a network at all.

    I have a real solution to CHANGE PUBLIC NETWORK to a HOME or WORK NETWORK . I had the same problem. I don't know if the thought behind it was to treat dynamic networks as hostile environments, or whether the documentation that stated "First time joining a network - you can select HOME, WORK OR PUBLIC " actually meant first of ALL networks & not per adapter, but anyway:

    1. DISABLE ALL NETWORK ADAPTERS
    2. ENABLE THE ADAPTER THAT'S ONLY SHOWING UP THE UNCHANGEABLE PUBLIC NETWORK
    3. IN THE NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER, SELECT "CHOOSE HOMEGROUP AND SHARING OPTIONS"
    4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION?"
    5. SELECT HOME/WORK
    6. RE-ENABLE ALL OTHER ADAPTERS
    this sorted out my frustrations & now I can continue to live another day.

    windows 7 (x64)
    • Proposed as answer by Reckless_Dane Thursday, October 01, 2009 5:42 PM
    Thursday, October 01, 2009 5:42 PM
  • Reckless_Dane is close to the money.

    It all goes south because the IP address and gateway are not correct. This gives the unidentified nonsense because that is exactly what it is. Set the IPv4 address manually with the gateway and primary DNS as your router address. Voila', you can now "identify" your network and may profit and pleasure be the result.


    Thursday, October 15, 2009 10:53 AM
  • I had the same issue with this network business, Had joined my computer to a domain (this was done on setup) and then went to another business unit within our network but on a different subnet and it picked it up as a "unidentified public network" and would not let me change anything, didnt matter what i did, to add to that the network adaptor was not showing in the list of network adaptors so i could disable or re-enable, i did ipconfig and it just showed some worldly address starting with 169.   As soon as i got back to the office it starting working again like normal, This was really frustrating for me as we have multiple work groups in our domain that sit on different network, Please shed some light, btw i have done all that stuff suggested above it did not work and no its not a network driver issue.

    Monday, November 09, 2009 7:37 PM
  • Reckless_Dane has the workaround for me...
    I did this and it worked...

    All I wanted was to be able to make this "unidentified network" into a "Home" network so I could use the homegroup and this did the trick.

    One note... the line: 4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION" said "What is this Network" on my Win 7
    But otherwise, it worked. It's still unidentified but it is now a home network.

    I should note that I had done the suggestion from another thread to set my unidentified networks as "changable"
    Something like:

    Run secpol.msc
    Select Network List Manager Policies
    Set Unidentified network policies to "user can change location" and the location to "private"

    By the way... There is no router on my network. It's a simple lan cable between two computers.
    This seems like a major oversight.

    • Edited by PastorVor Tuesday, December 01, 2009 7:34 AM added BTW
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 7:32 AM
  • Ah just Genius bro!! Damn that bugged me, everytime i went in public i had to switch my sharing options since one nic was wireless which was for
    my internet and the other one was for wired file sharing with my other desktop computer so my options had to be on for file sharing so i could
    share files between my computers.. THANX!
    Saturday, December 05, 2009 6:11 AM
  • Reckless_Dane,

    I tried to do this but, after I selected the Home network in your step 5, It told me that it could not connect to a Home network and remained unidentified.

    I'm having this same problem connecting via wireless, however it works fine when hardwired? help?
    • Proposed as answer by Oilrigger88 Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:34 AM
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 11:03 PM
  • Im having a similiar problem, i have a wired and wireless connections if i have both connections enabled i have LAN traffic but no WAN traffic i can see everything on my domain network but cant ping the default gateway. If i disable the wired connection i have no problems at all? strange very strange!!!! help?
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:40 AM
  • connect them both and post "route print" here
    and "IPCONFIG /all" here 
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 3:36 PM
  • i have not heard the term route print but here is the ipconfig /all

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\MATT.OILWELL>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

       Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : oilwell16
       Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : oilwell.domain.local
       Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
       IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
       WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
       DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : oilwell.domain.local

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : oilwell.domain.local
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-24-8C-7D-E8-3B
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.61(Preferred)
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, December 30, 2009 6:25:51 PM
       Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, February 06, 2146 12:54:20 AM
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
       DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
       DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
                                           192.168.0.1
       Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 06-21-00-C2-C5-95
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : oilwell.domain.local
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros 802.11 a/b/g/n Dualband Wireless
    Network Module
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-C2-C5-95
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::9544:4b17:dd:3181%11(Preferred)
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.63(Preferred)
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, December 30, 2009 7:23:37 AM
       Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, February 06, 2146 12:54:20 AM
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
       DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
       DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 184557824
       DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-77-7F-B5-00-24-8C-7D-E8-3B

       DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
                                           192.168.0.1
       Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.4
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter isatap.oilwell.domain.local:

       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : oilwell.domain.local
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter isatap.{60847213-5DCE-46B3-AD84-C96C59B1E418}:

       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    C:\Users\MATT.OILWELL>
    Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:29 AM
  • C:\Users\MATT.OILWELL>route print
    ===========================================================================
    Interface List
     13...00 24 8c 7d e8 3b ......Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
     12...06 21 00 c2 c5 95 ......Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
     11...00 21 00 c2 c5 95 ......Atheros 802.11 a/b/g/n Dualband Wireless Network M
    odule
      1...........................Software Loopback Interface 1
     15...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
     16...00 00 00 00 00 00 00 e0 Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
    ===========================================================================

    IPv4 Route Table
    ===========================================================================
    Active Routes:
    Network Destination        Netmask          Gateway       Interface  Metric
              0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.63     25
              0.0.0.0          0.0.0.0      192.168.0.1     192.168.0.61     10
            127.0.0.0        255.0.0.0         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
            127.0.0.1  255.255.255.255         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
      127.255.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
          169.254.0.0      255.255.0.0         On-link      192.168.0.61    286
      169.254.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
          192.168.0.0    255.255.255.0         On-link      192.168.0.63    281
          192.168.0.0    255.255.255.0         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
         192.168.0.61  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
         192.168.0.63  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.63    281
        192.168.0.255  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.63    281
        192.168.0.255  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
            224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
            224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0         On-link      192.168.0.63    281
            224.0.0.0        240.0.0.0         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
      255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link         127.0.0.1    306
      255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.63    281
      255.255.255.255  255.255.255.255         On-link      192.168.0.61    266
    ===========================================================================
    Persistent Routes:
      None

    IPv6 Route Table
    ===========================================================================
    Active Routes:
     If Metric Network Destination      Gateway
      1    306 ::1/128                  On-link
     11    281 fe80::/64                On-link
     11    281 fe80::9544:4b17:dd:3181/128
                                        On-link
      1    306 ff00::/8                 On-link
     11    281 ff00::/8                 On-link
    ===========================================================================
    Persistent Routes:
      None
    Thursday, December 31, 2009 2:30 AM
  • The network card drivers are irrelevant in this case - if they were a problem you wouldn't have a network at all.

    I have a real solution to CHANGE PUBLIC NETWORK to a HOME or WORK NETWORK . I had the same problem. I don't know if the thought behind it was to treat dynamic networks as hostile environments, or whether the documentation that stated "First time joining a network - you can select HOME, WORK OR PUBLIC " actually meant first of ALL networks & not per adapter, but anyway:

    1. DISABLE ALL NETWORK ADAPTERS
    2. ENABLE THE ADAPTER THAT'S ONLY SHOWING UP THE UNCHANGEABLE PUBLIC NETWORK
    3. IN THE NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER, SELECT "CHOOSE HOMEGROUP AND SHARING OPTIONS"
    4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION?"
    5. SELECT HOME/WORK
    6. RE-ENABLE ALL OTHER ADAPTERS
    this sorted out my frustrations & now I can continue to live another day.

    windows 7 (x64)



    I agree and have similar feelings with Reckless_Dane.  Who cares if my network driver is out of date? I want the ability to switch to a home group. I used the above directions but there were no "Choose Homegroup and Sharing Options" to click on so i clicked on "See also" "HomeGroup" and it let me change to the home group finally.

    Windows 7 X64



    Monday, January 18, 2010 7:33 PM
  • Hello, I have looked at the different solutions and will try them when I get home.

    I have a similar problem, some observations may shed a light.

    We have a brand new E-Machines laptop with Windows 7 x64. It connected directly to our home wifi. After one day the wifi stopped working. Still works well with a Lan cable. The odd thing is that when I scan for networks I find all my neighbours wifi-s from down the street, but not our own. Our wifi works well from one Vista laptop, from my Asus eee Linux PC and from my Nokia Cell phone. But not from the new Windows 7 machine.

      The interesting part here is that it seems to be some kind of combination of wireless router/router settings and Windows 7, since I can see other routers. This could be the reason why not all people experience this.
      My router is a DLink 301 with WPA2 setting. I have tried to change the settings on the router, but it doesn't seem to help. 

    I will see tonight if anything from this page will help me.

    /Thorsten
    Monday, February 01, 2010 11:03 AM
  • This worked for me.
    Monday, February 08, 2010 4:24 PM
    1. DISABLE ALL NETWORK ADAPTERS
    2. ENABLE THE ADAPTER THAT'S ONLY SHOWING UP THE UNCHANGEABLE PUBLIC NETWORK
    3. IN THE NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER, SELECT "CHOOSE HOMEGROUP AND SHARING OPTIONS"
    4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION?"
    5. SELECT HOME/WORK
    6. RE-ENABLE ALL OTHER ADAPTERS

     

    this works.  im going to reboot and it should still be working

     


    Since the 286
    Thursday, April 01, 2010 1:10 AM
  • Reckless_Dane got me on the right track  but it did not work for me... maybe for others it works.  What finally did work for me was this:

    Control Panel --> Device Manager -->Network Adapters

    Right Click on your WiFi Adapter (mine was Atheros) and choose UNINSTALL

    Leave the "delete driver" box UNCHECKED

    Once the wifi adapter is gone, right click on "Network Adapters" and choose scan for hardware changes.  It will re-find your adapter.

    Now go connect to the wireless network of your choice and in the network and sharing center the words "Public Network" should be a clickable link that you can then change to Home Work etc.

    If this works for anyone else please vote as the answer as trying this first could have saved me many headaches.

    • Proposed as answer by cyndi1976 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:17 PM
    Tuesday, April 20, 2010 10:17 PM
  • cyndi1976's solution was the only one that worked for me and it was, relatively, easy. THANKS!
    Monday, June 14, 2010 2:19 AM
  • it is the problem of the gateway service..so you have to take LAN connection properties button .Then you have to select  TCP(IPV4) ,from there you can put default gateway address or you can select the automatic ip address selection.the the system will automatically change settings and you can access the network.
    Friday, June 25, 2010 11:03 PM
  • Thank you so much cyndi1976 - After 5 hours of trying your solution worked!!!
    Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:53 PM
  • Managed to fix this problem quite easily in the end so I thought I'd add the fix that worked for me here. I had the same problem when connecting my Win7 pc directly to my router as I was trying to change the channel on my wireless configuration which requires an ethernet connection. While wireless connections were fine and network devices connecting via Homeplugs worked without issue, any of my Windows 7 machines connecting via ethernet would be listed as unidentified (public) with no internet access. I checked my IP address with the wired connection and saw it ended in .25 (Preferred). Normal IP range for my network is from .65 and above. From the Network and Sharing area I checked the LAN settings link and checked in the TCP/IP 4 settings for my connection and saw it was hard-coded to use this .25 address, not something I set manually myself. Changing this to use DHCP (obtain automatically both IP address and DNS) changed my IP address to one above x.x.x.65 straight away and now in the sharing center I was straight away connected to Home Network with internet access. No other configuration was required. So maybe worth checking this first if you have any unidentified network issues, perhaps Windows 7 is simply quarantining any new network connections to public by default.

    Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:56 PM
  • I was having similar issues.  I was showing a HOME and PUBLIC NETWORK connection under my Ethernet adapter (non wireless).

    I was over looking something the whole time.   

    Check to see that under Local Area Connection   --->  IPV 4 (TCP/IP4) doesn't have a different Default Gateway listed.  I had a static IP default gateway listed and I have Obtain IP automatically checked off.

     

    I selected Use Following IP Address and removed it.  

    The Public Network disappeared.

    I discovered this issue cause I was not able to Connect to a Home Group, just create a new one.  

    Maybe this is something that others can check as well in the future.

     

    I think Win7 is the best OS so far.   XP was awesome, Win7 knocked it out of the park for me.  :)

    G

     

    Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:41 AM
  • to clarify what the last poster did..is what i did to fix the problem.

    - right click the wifi icon on the bottom right corner
    - click open wireless and network (something like that)
    - change adapter settings (on left side)
    - right click the wireless network adapter and click properties
    - highlight internet protocol version 4 and click properties
    - make sure everything is checked on obtain automatically
    - click on advanced and make sure DHCP is enabled (which I think was the main - problem on why my wifi identifeid my internet as a public and wouldntt let me change it.

    Sunday, March 06, 2011 6:20 AM
  • I have had and resolved a similar problem—the same one cited in other replies—installing a Netgear WN2000RPT repeater between my WiFi modem (Thomson, TWG870) and a laptop (running Windows XP Pro) and a desktop (with Windows 7), both on a LAN.  The laptop installation went well when instructions were followed, but the desktop connected only as far as the repeater, not to the WiFi modem and the internet.  Note that the desktop could read the internet via a 1 or 2 bar—unreliable—connection directly to the WiFi modem but not through the repeater.  The Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center labeled the direct connection “HOME NETWORK” and the one to the repeater an UNIDENTIFIED CONNECTION, Public Connection, specifying that it did not provide internet access.  

     

    After numerous attempts to resolve this impasse a new idea was prompted by a NetGear helpline suggestion that I link the desktop and the repeater by Ethernet cable.  I reset the repeater to its default configuration, connected it to the desktop by Ethernet cable, then opened its set-up screen on the desktop and reconfigured the repeater exactly as it had been configured previously from the laptop. Eureka! The result was “Connection” to the repeater with Internet access. The Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center, under “View Your Active Networks,” identifies the active network by the WiFi modem name (SSID) and labels it a Home Network. To the right is further definition: Access Type: “Internet,” HomeGroup: “Joined,” and Connections: (after a 4 bar symbol) “Wireless Network Connection” below which is the repeater SSID.  So the modem/router provides the network name and the repeater is recognized as part of the wireless network connection that makes the internet access possible.

     

     

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011 1:16 PM
  • My daughter had this problem. I tried a bunch of suggestions from this thread and it ended up being Mcaffee firewall. had to uninstall because could not turn off successfully.
    Monday, August 22, 2011 10:57 PM
  • The best way to change an Unidentified network to private or home network is to restore windows to earlier settings using system restore function and then again connect to your wireless or Lan network. But when doing so select Home network.
    Sunday, August 28, 2011 6:20 AM
  • I don't know if this will help but it worked for me.  I added WPA-2 Personal sercurity with a passkey and it seemed to correct the problem.  it seems unsecured networks are treated as public.  I don't know why it works, but tryed 100's of differnt things and this is the only way to get it work. 

    Hope it works for you

     

    Friday, October 07, 2011 11:11 PM
  • Did you ever find a solution to this?  I'm supposed to run a demo and decided to try directly connecting Windows 7 with XP using a crossover cable and static IP addresses. But this little network comes up as "unidentified" and hence "public". 

    As you point out, setting the security policy to allow the user to change that designation can be changed but makes no difference: no "link" to change the actual setting becomes enabled. Setting security policy to force unidentified networks to be treated as private also has zero effect. And without "network discovery" the "network" is useless. 

    I'll probably have to drag my entire network infrastructure to the demo (router etc). Too bad the demo isn't for Microsoft or I'd make sure to bring the cross over cable and spend an hour or so fussing with it on screen for their benefit. Hmm, maybe this audience would appreciate a bit of that. Give them something to think about RE MS.

    Friday, December 02, 2011 11:05 PM
  • I was having the same problem. I was unable to change public network to work or home. I tried changing the setup in Network and Sharing Center but nothing I did helped. What finally did it was resetting my firewall settings to default. ( I use McAfee Security Center)  I had not made any changes to the firewall settings prior to the problem but resetting them to default definately did the trick.
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:21 PM
  • After scurrying all over the maze that Windows 7's Network and Sharing Center enters into for a few hours today with some occasional backing out into the Web, I finally smelled cheese somewhere in this thread.  Oh and was it ever good!  Been aged over a couple years now.  The fine cheesemaker's screen name is Reckless_Dane.  (Gus Hansen??)  His cheese posted into the thread on 2009-10-01.  Bravo Dane!  Thanks for the delicacy!
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:47 PM
  • I was having similar issues.  I was showing a HOME and PUBLIC NETWORK connection under my Ethernet adapter (non wireless).

    I was over looking something the whole time.   

    Check to see that under Local Area Connection   --->  IPV 4 (TCP/IP4) doesn't have a different Default Gateway listed.  I had a static IP default gateway listed and I have Obtain IP automatically checked off.

     

    I selected Use Following IP Address and removed it.  

    The Public Network disappeared.

    I discovered this issue cause I was not able to Connect to a Home Group, just create a new one.  

    Maybe this is something that others can check as well in the future.

     

    I think Win7 is the best OS so far.   XP was awesome, Win7 knocked it out of the park for me.  :)

    G

     

    OK. Can anyone please tell me exactly how to make change to TCP/IP of the Local Area Network?

    I have exact "Home" and "Public" network and my Win 7x64 does not boot up connecting to the internet automatically. Only way to do is to go to Network and Sharing Center, click Change Adapter Settings, "Disable" and then "Enable" the LAN adapter. The "Publich" network disappears, and system connected to the Internet.

    Well, I go to the network adapter (Ethernet LAN = in my case it Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network), right click "Property"  For Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and also Version 4, all set "Obtain and IPv6 or IPv4 address automatically", so is obtain DNS server address automatically too.
    • Edited by jgw1998 Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:03 AM
    Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:42 AM
  • suprisingly i had this very same issue with my dads computer and found that what windows was telling me was bogus info   no big surprise there  anyhow it was stuck on public network here is what i did that worked needless to say before this i did a lot that did not work / i removed the cat 5 cable which was coming from a switch and hooked up a known good cable directly to one of the open ports in the back of the router instant solution acheived and the internet was available and he was on the home network  without doing anything else
    Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:40 AM
  • Thanks So much!! worked like a charm :)

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:24 PM
  • May 24 2012  12:31~12:35  win7U5 sp1

    Hello Darene Lewis

    I am  attemping upload an trace.etl to you , how might I please?


    Julie L. HUANG



    • Edited by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:14 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:35 AM
  • May 24 2012  15:18 win7U5 sp1

    Hello Mr. Darene.Lewis,

    How may I send the trace.etl   *.epub to you by insert ?


    Julie L. HUANG


    • Proposed as answer by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:18 AM
    • Edited by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:12 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:18 AM
  • May 24 2012  17:52 win7U5 sp1

    Hello Mr. Lewis,

    The Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection : IPV4_169.254.4.245by time 17:54


    Julie L. HUANG


    • Edited by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:12 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:54 AM
  • May 24 2012  17:58 win7U5 sp1

    Hello Rick- M

    Have you tried to restore your earlier time backup for the "Unidentified Network" ?

    I have you r same question as well experience the LOCAL area Connection with Modern sneakingly by WHOM ? change to wireless connection that checking by "netsh" command. Closed WLAN them all however, LAN set well later, "Unidentified Network" keep solid as my condition right now.

    Have you test:  cmd \ secpol.msc \networking policy ?


    Julie L. HUANG


    • Edited by BleuOisou Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:13 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:03 AM
  • Hello,  Tried that! The"Public network" text is not a link!!  Not here on this pc anyway!  The ip address I have is 169.254.172.117 with a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0

    May 25 2012  23:03  win7Ultimate update from HomeP LicenseID_5_ sys pack1

    May 26 2012  10:18 ~ 10:28  win7U5 sp1

    May 26 2012  11:21 ~ 11:29  win7U5 sp1

    May 28 2012  04:10 ~ 04:43 Win7U5 sp1

    July 3rd  2012  08:13 ~ 08:36 win7U3 sp1

    July 05th 2012  16:24 ~ 16:33 win7U3 sp1

    July 06th 2012  12:43 ~ 12:53win7u3sp1

    July 07th 2012 13:29 ~ 14:00 win7u3 sp1

    July 22 2012  ~ 09:04 win 7 p  h  sp1

    Aug. 06 2012  10:33~10:48 win7h sp1

    Aug. 25 2012  08:12~ 08:53 win7U_6 sp1

    Hello  Mr. Darene Lewis and Ellerdch,

    Remember you have emailed the *.etl file to Darene Lewis .  May I know how you did that from here , the technet.microsoft forum please?  I have been asked same IPV4 Question from him. However, there is not found attach way from this perusal. They are either image , HTML or appliance software model. No option for *.etl sending .  

    --------> *.elt could be built in Hyperlink first then attach_link to you [July 07 2012 13:30]

    TO modify the Networks , some next places maybe need pay attentions first ...

    0) Connection via WLAN or LAN; Router or Modern or else

         '0.1)  "MULTIPLE NETWORKS" means too many things ... router, interface, communication category as well their configurations so on ...

                   it is not simple "unidentified Network " change to Home or workstation network ? !

    1) Network Share Center \ chose home and network option

    2) Anti_Virus FireWall's Inbound:Outbound settings

    3) Microsoft Computer \ services settings

    4) Dos Administrator \ netsh ? settings

          4.1)  Powershell \ settings << Dos cmd , why?

          4.2) netsh ras > except PPPoE 1  that is my registered wanport, there are as many as 8 more connection available like pptp,  etc... they are indeed

                 running ? Although in Router configuration , PPTP already has been set to "deny" ?

    5) Search \ secpol.msc settings

    6->) Why the default network ISP giving connection retained reserving at MULTIPLE        

           NETWORK     which is under the search now.

           May 26 2012  10:48 win7U sp1
           May 26 2012  11:09~11:14 win 7 U sp1

           Multi_monitor performance on Win 8 only , if my PC has been taken Authority to do so, then

           the System Security has been ruded.

           PASSWORD attentions included : ANTI_virus Tool, Microsoft Fire Wall, HDD password, 

           Windows  logon Password, Usual Appliances Password Protection such as Lenovo's CSS etc...

          Ref: cc722518.aspx_file by Microsoft
          ------------------------------
          This article described how a server configure its up to five IPs from the NT Server. 
          My PC client has been merged by NT as its Client . Since my PC now connecting internet      

          THROUGH Multiple Network.
          It is either using my ISP authority on Win 8 for multi_monitor or playing NT server . It just  

          treat     me as one of its clients.

         How can I fix this , try hard Julie by yourself?

         "Advance IP Address nowhere to find [as it is for Server parameter], this is for NT server to      

          configure the IP intranet more than one address to access different servers at routine  situations.

         Ref:cc451515(v=WS.10).aspx_files Microsoft
         ----------------------------
         Multiple network adapters  2 out of 2 rated this helpful Updated: January 21, 2005

         Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1,  

                           Windows Server 2003 with SP2

        quato   "The cluster adapter handles client-to-cluster traffic using the virtual IP address. However

        host-to-    host traffic within the same cluster is not

        possible on this adapter because the MAC address for each host in a particular cluster is the   

        same. For more information, see Address Resolution

        Protocol (ARP)."

        FIFS is the basic law here in the INTERNET world.
        Since the IPV6 has not be able to work to identify each of us except Client join to Domain own   

        personal IP from NIC.
        Some Domain like Best domain, FatCow simple issue C Luster called it to us.

        That is why My client PCs has been unnoticed connected as Multiple Network by Servers.

        ----> very likely Modern ISP output has been occupied by Wireless redirect who roler as Server ,

                 maybe using win 8 or NT  . Many prompted cmd not be able to configuration on my Win 7 U.

                 netsh advfirewall> check found 7 NL there.

    7) The Authority abuse accident under monitoring by Anti_Virus and Microsoft, Lenovo,     

        Router_syslink Companies  REF_15)  16)

    8) Power shell another place to care the setting

    9) Route Setting for advance appliance on Intrude Protection approaches etc...

    11) AAA [Authentication, Authority, Account] management, correlated with Multiple Network

         somehow,Reference for 6)   15)  16)

          Authentication has had problem to protect Password for a quite while. Which is probably merged

          with MIL appliance that noticed.

              ------> CSS reset can solve this.

             ------>E-certification with Microsoft function connection setting solve this ..

          With Password manager of Lenovo , it will lose features of Certification migration as well,  the

          Phrase advance Security Protection THAN  "Client Security Solution" by Lenovo

          Therefore, CSS (instead Password Manager) can be intruded at that time probably by " some "

    12) The beneath Error contacting ISP still stay with Modern VSDL  :(   REF_ 15) 16)

    13) Having been questioned whether  am I installing switch  or NT server on the router ... 

          Three are be some symptom indicated that but unable to be ? Agency said just ask briefly after

          repeated .

          13-0) [802.1x allow wire and AP wireless  access point to flow through PC although

                   Authenticator both]

          13_1)MY XP motherboard  [UUID:80BC1E5333640010AEC1C8D08A1DEE15/M:8425LB9/SN:]

                   has been lost nearly two years which can play as NT server. Switch is  nothing device

                   for   me .   ANY detective on it by organization or personal would be rewarded.

    14) ACS [Authentication Control Server] control Modern ISP output signal definitively , the Contract 

          description on web server Plan is one of main reasons? THE ISP insist not to change it right while 

          trail_case follower Mr. resigned this week.  

    15) ISP suppliant Speed critical factor upon whose get Authentication first then , the ICMP action ?

           15-1) Why my ISP plan 30M , shown connection speed but100M ?

           15-2) In fact, the ISP has not rendered me right Order Product appropriated with the PLAN for

                    over one year from very beginning. That is one of why ACS can't detect me well. On side of both contract and exclusively

                    offering VDSL modern

           15-3) e-certification secure the connection however, clear text transaction hole also.

    16)   With Cisco Router, it seemingly connected Internet as the Model unable find input is

            Wire/Wireless signal. Having to proclaim is my PLAN is Wire_30M_5G  ordered at Mar.2011

            16-0) There is fe::  ipv6 address likely address through the [adapter teredo pseudo interface] by ipconfig  , obviously told me wireless through ?

            16-1) By only ISP Modern ,   there is indeed NO Internet that is why the Screenshot down.

                     Then why at this condition, browser internet looks OK? Because the Wireless [multiple

                     Local connection] Ref_15  took the Authentication_Account first, secondly, Created

                     call  AD_HOC wireless function to make the all networking devices on net that is

                     INTRANET. 

            16-2) @OFCA.gov.hk, local communication Management ,   is negotiating with ISP locally for one week since June 27 2012 received

                     the report.   Only contract it working on , last contact at Aug. 2nd 2012   retaining along with ISP company today Aug. 25 2012

    17) Have you thought of PC purchase area and location bringing you something differences ?

          17.1    the order win7 home premium changed into workstation when it arrived home. :(

                     well, have to pay attentions that the WORKSTATION has two interface available on the NetworkCard that one to Internet and another to

                     OS. How it can be set to , route to then,  it will all depend on the capability inter_against_act  among the Hardware, Software and Firewall 

                      etc. so on .

    18) ISP  adequately protracting your account, example,   all register info correct,  firewall right configuration time by time?

    19) Microsoft alert anything when you re_active own PC license  ?

    20)

    All you pointing out Services and Applications on the Media related no found . Might be hidden?

    The problem "Multiple Network" is an Intrusion NetworkCard  imposing illegally using my account. A 30M_WIRE_24m+1m  e-agreement.

    Then, the imposter  built a wireless network before I could connect to the ISP server.

    This made me only can get a Wireless address shown by the IPV6 FE80:: which implying a wireless service working on.

    DNS  auto jump to >172.x.x.x private 218.x.x.x  while disabled the directly connection to ISP DHCP server.

    Suffix @netvigator.com appending  configuration not available.  Obviously my PC has been routed to one Private

    Route/Switch device, the Unknown shown in Mapping Network for over four months.

    NOW THE UNKNOWN DEVICE DO ANYTHING WHAT THEY WANT WHENEVER SECOND. 

    ISP has no effective and efficiency reaction for it .  Since when the e-Contract started , it has plotted to fool the client by

    created two  unclear e-contracts, Effective Date jump to Before the Modern Agency arrive to my home,  on the just agreeable website.

    Local @ofca.gov.hk of communication department retain along with ISP company 2 months.

    WHO , WHERE BEST FOR A CLIENT TO GET HELP FOR THIS PLEASE?

    21) others at later time...

    Blue Oisou


    Julie L. HUANG
















    • Edited by BleuOisou Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:53 AM
    Friday, May 25, 2012 3:03 PM
  • It turns out that the HomeGroup troubleshooter can fix this. But it's a one-way thing. Once changed from Unidentified/Public to Unidentified/Private, there's no way back.

    Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:55 PM
  • July 3rd 2012  08:37 ~ 08:49 win7U3 sp1

    Thank you Brian,

    The Network name changeable by secpol.msc now at both with Router and VSDL modern however,

    The accident story has not finished by the sneaker burglar. They can credit others time and healthy to "accomplish own conquest" that

    because of no one cutting short them. As they honey else with some .

    Look at the upload renew today here please.


    Julie L. HUANG

    Tuesday, July 03, 2012 12:49 AM
  • The network card drivers are irrelevant in this case - if they were a problem you wouldn't have a network at all.

    I have a real solution to CHANGE PUBLIC NETWORK to a HOME or WORK NETWORK . I had the same problem. I don't know if the thought behind it was to treat dynamic networks as hostile environments, or whether the documentation that stated "First time joining a network - you can select HOME, WORK OR PUBLIC " actually meant first of ALL networks & not per adapter, but anyway:

    1. DISABLE ALL NETWORK ADAPTERS
    2. ENABLE THE ADAPTER THAT'S ONLY SHOWING UP THE UNCHANGEABLE PUBLIC NETWORK
    3. IN THE NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER, SELECT "CHOOSE HOMEGROUP AND SHARING OPTIONS"
    4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION?"
    5. SELECT HOME/WORK
    6. RE-ENABLE ALL OTHER ADAPTERS
    this sorted out my frustrations & now I can continue to live another day.

    windows 7 (x64)

    I've been chassing my tail round and round and round trying to get my xp box to talk to my win7 machine, via a LAN cable for days and days, each has a wireless LAN to connect to my internet but wanted the Wired Lan for fast file transfers. The XP NIC needed to be a static IP for it to work but Win7 didn't want to know but you provided the solution thanks very much. 
    Sunday, August 05, 2012 5:50 AM
  • 06th Aug. 2012  10:25~10:30  win7h sp1

    Thank you DomSignedUpJustToSayTY for your comment drop here.

    May I have be informed that  your "Unidentified Network" successfully changed into "HOME Network",  you experienced any "Multiple Networks " instead of "Unidentified Networks"  like the photo up in my memory please ?

    BLUEOISOU


    Julie L. HUANG

    Monday, August 06, 2012 2:30 AM
  • Although this might be answered i would like to share my experience too.. 

    If the text public network is not a link and you cannot change it there is another way..

    Go to run type gpedi.msc

    2.Computer configuration

    3.Windows settings - security settings

    4.Network List manager policies

    and there from the list of network Names you can go for the properties and select the Location type and even assign user permissions to change the location.


    Thanks and Regards Mohamed

    Monday, October 22, 2012 5:52 AM
  • remove the network, connect again with entering pin, and choose the home network on that.
    Saturday, November 09, 2013 3:19 AM
  • My problem was solved by checking Wireless Security Mode and Encryption from router settings and applying those same settings to Wireless connection properties. see figure www.jepster.fi/scrshot.jpg
    Friday, January 31, 2014 10:29 PM
  • Go to Device Manager, Network Adapters, disable the card, wait and then enable again.  It should all work immdiately.  Worked for me
    Thanks ad1988, I would have tried that eventually in frustration, but you've saved me an hour of stuffing around... it worked for me as well. As soon as the card reconnected my network was labeled as "home".
    Monday, March 31, 2014 5:26 PM
  • Reckless_Dane, thanks..Here is their solution that worked immediately....you don't need anything else...cause i tried everything else. Windows 8 (x64)...disabled all network adapters. When I disabled "Miosoft Kernel Debug Netword Adapter" it made me restart. I did not reenable that one. Only enabled the 802.11 Network Adapter.

    "I hve a real solution to CHANGE PUBLIC NETWORK to a HOME or WORK NETWORK . I had the same problem. I don't know if the thought behind it was to treat dynamic networks as hostile environments, or whether the documentation that stated "First time joining a network - you can select HOME, WORK OR PUBLIC " actually meant first of ALL networks & not per adapter, but anyway:

    1. DISABLE ALL NETWORK ADAPTERS
    2. ENABLE THE ADAPTER THAT'S ONLY SHOWING UP THE UNCHANGEABLE PUBLIC NETWORK
    3. IN THE NETWORK AND SHARING CENTER, SELECT "CHOOSE HOMEGROUP AND SHARING OPTIONS"
    4. CLICK ON "WHAT IS THIS LOCATION?"
    5. SELECT HOME/WORK
    6. RE-ENABLE ALL OTHER ADAPTERS
    this sorted out my frustrations & now I can continue to live another day."

    Monday, May 12, 2014 4:09 PM