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:

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

Figure 1. Network icon
Network icon

 

Left-click Open Network and Sharing Center

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Figure 4. Open Charms
Open Charms

 

 

Click on the Settings icon

 

Figure 5. Settings icon
Settings icon

 

 

Choose Change PC settings

 

Figure 6. Change PC settings
Change PC settings

 

 

Choose Network

 

Figure 7. PC settings
PC settings

 

 

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

 

 

Turn on the Find devices and content switch.

 

Figure 9. Find devices and content
Find devices and content

 

 

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

 

 

Left-click Open Network and Sharing Center.

 

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

 

 

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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