How to change network location type in Windows 8

During configuration of Windows 8 machine I have noticed that I wasn't asked (or maybe I was) to choose the network type for my current network. By the type of network I mean options like Home(Private), Work or a Public network.

With this selection you are automatically choosing the proper Windows firewall profile.

Unfortunately my network was automatically configured as a Public network.

As you can see from the picture below, Public network is not clickable so I can't change it.

To change the network type please do the following:

Hit Winkey + R to open Run prompt and type gpedit.msc

Navigate to: Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Setting | Network List Manager Policies

Choose your Network name from the right pane. In my case network name was Network 2

Go to Network Location tab and change the Location type from Not configured to Private.

Close Local Policy Editor and you're done. Simple as that :)

If you are using non-pro version of Windows 8, here's what to do:

Open Notepad and paste this code in it:


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures\EveryNetwork]


Save it with .reg extension and import it to your registry by double clicking on it.

Or you can download our registry file and import it by double clicking on it:

Reg File Download

Unpack the .zip file and double click on the .reg file to import this registry key. You should be able to click on the Network Location Type (ie. Public Network) and change it as you wish.