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How to change network names on Windows 10

How to change network names on Windows 10

How to change network names on Windows 10: When you connect to a network, Windows 10 automatically creates a network profile. Ethernet networks are named “Network,” whereas wireless networks are named after the hotspot’s SSID. You can, however, rename them using a simple registry hack or a local security policy setting.

This name appears in the Network and Sharing Center’s “View your active networks” section. Renaming networks is especially useful when you have multiple wired network profiles named “Network” and “Network 2,” as it makes it easier to determine which network profile is active.

Windows Home Users: Rename the Network Profile by Editing the Registry

To rename a network profile in Windows 10 Home, you must edit the Registry. If you have Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise and prefer to rename your profiles through the Registry, you can do so as well. (However, if you have Windows Pro or Enterprise, we recommend using the simpler Local Security Policy editor method described in the following section.)

The Registry Editor is a powerful system tool and misusing it can cause your Windows system to become unstable or even inoperable. This is a fairly simple registry hack, and as long as you follow our instructions, you should have no problems. However, if you’ve never used the Registry Editor before, read up on how to use it before getting started. Before making any changes, we also recommend backing up the registry (and your computer!).

  • Navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of the Registry Editor window. You can also paste the address into the address bar of the Registry Editor and press Enter.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
  • To view the contents of the “Profiles” subkey, click the little arrow to the left of it.
  • Each key (folder) under Profiles corresponds to one of your network profiles. These have long names because they are the GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) for the profiles.
  • Examine the “ProfileName” field of each key under Profiles to determine which profile corresponds to the key. If you want to rename a network named “Network1,” for example, click each key until you find the one with “Network1” to the right of ProfileName.
  • Double-click the network’s “ProfileName” value to rename it.
  • In the “Value data” box, enter a new name for the network profile and click “OK.”

The network profile has been renamed. You can repeat this procedure to rename additional profiles. When you’re finished, close the Registry Editor window.

Before our active network profile name changed in the Control Panel, we had to sign out and sign back in. If your computer’s name does not change immediately, restart it or sign out and back in.

Return here to change the network’s name in the future, double-click the appropriate “ProfileName” value, and enter a new name.

Windows Pro and Enterprise Users: Rename the Network Profile with the Local Security Policy Editor

If you have Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Local Security Policy Editor to rename networks instead of the registry editor. If you’re on a company network and your computer is part of a domain, you might not be able to use this tool.

  • To launch this utility, click Start, type secpol.msc into the Start menu’s search box, and press Enter.

(If you can’t find this tool, your system is running Windows 10 Home. You must instead use the Registry Editor method.)

  • Choose “Network List Manager Policies” from the left pane. A list of all network profiles on your system will appear.
  • Double-click a profile to rename it.
  • Select the “Name” box, enter a new network name, and then click “OK.”
  • To rename additional profiles, double-click each one and change its name in the same manner.

In our system’s Network and Sharing Center, the name of the active network changed immediately. If the name on your PC does not change immediately, try signing out and back in—or restarting your computer.

Return here if you change your mind in the future. In the name section, select “Not Configured” and then click “OK” to restore the default name.

Conclusion

The Registry option is not as simple, but it displays a list of all networks to which the device has been connected, allowing you to change the names of networks to which the device is not currently connected. However, changing network names is only a cosmetic change.

Have you changed the network names on your devices?

FAQ

How do I find my network name in Windows 10?

Navigate to the Control Panel. Navigate to System and Security > System. See the Full computer name under the section Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings on the View basic information about your computer page.

How to change network 3 to network 1 Windows 10?

Select Network Connections from the menu by pressing Windows Key + X. Hold down the ALT key and select Advanced, then Advanced Settings. Select the network connection and then click the arrows to give it priority.

How do I manually select a network in Windows 10?

Open Network and Sharing Center by right clicking the Wi-Fi signal. Choose Create a new connection or network. Click Next after selecting Manually connect to a wireless network.

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