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Change a nework form private to public under Win 8.1

  1. #1


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    Change a nework form private to public under Win 8.1


    When I upgraded from 8 to 8.1 my 8 network got change from public to private under 8.1. I need it to be public and I can find no way to do that. Is it possible?

    I tried setting up another network via Network and Sharing Center but after choosing Set up a New Network the window does nothing. It said it might take 90 seconds to for the new devices to appear. Well it has been closer to 90 minutes and still nothing.

    How can I solve this problem?

    Thank you very much.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JJG,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to change from private to public network.

    Network Location - Set to Private or Public in Windows 8
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    MD
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    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Hello
    Excuse me please for interrupting your thread but I have a question which relates to this topic. I am embarrassed to admit that although my wife and I keep reading the explanations regarding public vs. private, we are not sure which setting we should use. We are home all the time and there is a desktop and a laptop. We have a printer.
    We have Win 8.1 and know how to set private vs. public.
    Our question is, under these circumstances, is it better to slide it to "private" or "public" for better security?
    Thank you
    Peter
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    Hello Peter,

    Don't be embarrassed Peter. For your situation, I's say a Private network would be best so you would be able to share on all of your PCs and devices on your network.

    You would choose Public network for networks in public places (such as coffee shops or airports). This location is designed to keep your computer from being visible to other computers around you and to help protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet. HomeGroup is not available on public networks, and network discovery is turned off. You should also choose this option if you're connected directly to the Internet without using a router, or if you have a mobile broadband connection.

    You would choose Private network for home networks or when you know and trust the people and devices on the network. Computers on a home network can belong to a homegroup. Network discovery is turned on for home networks, which allows you to see other computers and devices on the network and allows other users on the network to see your computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Hi Shawn
    It certainly does help.
    I have made notes of what you have told me and will set my pc accordingly.
    Thank you once again.
    Peter
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Peter.

    Was that able to sort it for you JJG?
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Change a nework form private to public under Win 8.1
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