How to Change Network Name in Windows 8 and 8.1


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This tutorial will show you how to change the name of a network to any name you like in Windows 8, Windows RT, Window 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Ethernet (Wired) and Wireless Network Name

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OPTION ONE
To Change Network Name in Local Security Policy


Note   Note
This option can only be used in the Windows 8/RT/8.1 Pro and Enterprise editions, since only they include the Local Security Policy (secpol.msc) feature.

This option will override OPTION TWO below.



1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In the left pane of Local Security Policy, click/tap on Network List Manager Policies. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the right pane of Network List Manager Policies, double click/tap on your current network name. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: The network name that is displayed here at the top will be what you have it set as in OPTION TWO below.

5. In Network Properties, select (dot) Name, type in a new name for the network you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default setting is Not configured. This will have the network name be what it is set as in OPTION TWO below.

Note   Note
A network name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters:

\ / : * ? < > |


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6. When finished, you can now close Local Security Policy if you like.

7. Sometimes you may need to sign out and in of your user account to fully apply the new network name.





OPTION TWO
To Change Network Name in Registry Editor

NOTE: This option can be used in all editions of Windows 8.

1.
Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

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4. Double click/tap on the Profiles key to expand it. Click/tap on each long GUID number subkey, and look at it's PofileName string value in the right pane to see if it has the current network name (ex: Network) until found. (see screenshot below)

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5. When found, double click/tap on the PofileName string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

6. Type in a new name for the network you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
A network name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters:

\ / : * ? < > |


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7. When finished, you can now close Registry Editor if you like.

8. Sometimes you may need to sign out and in of your user account to fully apply the new network name.


That's it,
Shawn