Network name incorrect

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  1. Posts : 1,057
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)

    From the screenshots it's the network profile name. To check, in the registry, navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

    You should see at least 2 profile GUIDs in the left-hand navigation pane (one GUID for each network that the device has connected to). Click on each GUID in turn and check the REG_SZ value for the ProfileName entry in the right-hand pane... one of which needs to be renamed from WLAN5 to CLAN.

    Network name incorrect-network_profile_name.png

    It's not dynamic so you'll need to sign out/sign in or restart for the network profile name change to take effect.

    EDIT: Alternatively, close and open the Network and Sharing Center. I've just realised that this forces a re-read of the network profiles.

    PS - A very minor concern is that the screenshot shows a wired connection icon but the wireless profile name. If it happens again I would remove the ethernet cable, delete the profile GUIDs in the registry (they'll be recreated), restart then re-attach the ethernet cable. This way any possible registry corruption of the network profile GUIDs will be cleared out and re-written with fresh data.

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by RickC; 09 Jun 2020 at 08:34.
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  2. Posts : 3,977
    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.

    @Snugglebugs -

    Did you try my suggestion in post #7 above?

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  3. Posts : 168
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1

    First, to Jack Hughes:
    Sounds like a problem with the accompanying metadata in the 5GHz network not being used somewhere.
    Does it still do that in your setup? If not, how did you cure it?

    I didn't cure it. The connection name does not appear to affect network discovery of the computer name or interfere in file sharing. I figured that if it wasn't hurting anything it was best to not risk causing a real problem trying to fix a minor irritation.

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  4. Posts : 248
    Win 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter

    I have made one change to the registry
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\{09D53BC2-2B40-4441-AE93-A021DA92FF8B}
    I changed the ProfileName entry from WLAN5 to CLAN. Now when clicking on the Ethernet icon it displays CLAN.
    But hovering on it still displays WLAN5! The main settings menu for network has changed to CLAN.

    The only other entry with WLAN5 refers to WiFi which shouldn't be relevant. I changed it anyway, but that made no difference.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Barman58 said:
    Windows networking has never been an instant updated system, indeed the scans are only run from any device at least 15 minutes apart - this can leave remnants of incorrect data hanging around for a while, especially where devices are switched on and off randomly.

    What has help me in the past (admittedly in large systems ), is to switch every device off, for at least 20 minutes, (preferably longer if viable, then switch each device on in order from where the Internet Modem is connected to the premises, a period of a few minutes should be left between each device to allow things to settle.

    It has worked for me in the past, and actually became a bit of a routine after any major system downtime for major work
    As I have 'two thirds' fixed it (see message just sent) I will try your suggestion next time I reboot.


    - - - Updated - - -

    OK - after 2 more reboots all the places where the network name appears now show the correct name.

    In the end the OS did not start the correction process even after I had used the Device Manager to remove the physical traces of the temporary WiFi module. I had to search through the whole registry and rename where needed. A pointer there for someone in MS to dig in to the code and make some changes?

    As far as I am concerned it all works now - solved.

    Thanks everyone for the tips.

    Last edited by Snugglebugs; 09 Jun 2020 at 09:39.
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