How to Change From Public to Private Network – Vice Versa in Windows 8
First, right-click on the network icon in the Windows 8 system tray and click on
Open Network and Sharing Center
Here you will see the network you are connected to and what type of network Windows 8 has identified it as.
As you can see above, my network is considered a Private network, which is correct since I’m at home and connected via Ethernet. If this is incorrect, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you can click on Change advanced sharing settings in the left-hand pane.
Click on Private and then make sure you have these options enabled:
- Turn on network discovery
- Turn on file and printer sharing
- Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections
Then collapse Private and expand Guest or Public and make sure you have these options set:
- Turn off network discovery
- Turn off file and printer sharing
Once you have done this, you then need to go to the Windows 8 desktop and open the Charms bar. Click on Settings and then click on the Network icon.
You’ll see Network and then Connected. Go ahead and right-click on that and choose Turn sharing on or off.
Now choose Yes if you want your network to be treated like a private network and no if you want it to be treated like a public network. Note that the label Private or Public may remain the same in Network and Sharing Center, but once you choose the sharing settings manually, the network will have the appropriate settings applied.
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