Learn how to change Windows 7’s network location to Home, Work, or Public and the differences between them.
What are network locations?
A network location automatically sets the appropriate firewall and security settings based on the network type (network location).
Here are Windows 7’s network locations and a brief description of each of them.
- Home Network: For home networks or when you trust people or devices on the network. Computers on a home network can belong to a Homegroup. Network discovery is also turned on. Network discovery allows the computer to see other computers and devices on the network and other computers and devices can see it.
- Work Network: For a small office or other workplace networks. Network discovery is turned on but it can’t belong to or create a Homegroup.
- Public Network: For public places like a coffee shop or the airport. The computer is completely hidden from other computers on the network. The computer can’t see other computers on the network as well.
- Domain Network: For domain networks in large corporate environments. This type of network is controlled by a network administrator and can’t be changed.
How to Change the Network Location
In this example I’m going to change my network location from Work to Home.
- Open Control Panel from the Start menu.
- Open Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel.
Note: If Network and Sharing Center is not available, change View by to Large icons at the top right of the Control Panel.
- Select the current network location in the active networks section (work network in this example).
- Select the new network location.
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