Is this how to delete a Network name that Win currently connects to ?

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    Windows 10 Home

    Is this how to delete a Network name that Win currently connects to ?

    I unnecessarily set up a new network in control panel "Network and Sharing Center" when I was going through many hours of no internet access troubleshooting. The router itself has since been resolved which caused no access (not by any other issue).

    The interface is Ethernet. I would like to delete the network "name" now which I created in control panel and go back to using the network name I previously had which is named "network".

    Because I unnecessarily set a new network up, I now have a second network name that Windows is now connected to that I do not want to have recognized

    I'm looking for clarification to know whether I will:
    (1) Be safely deleting the recently created network name

    (2) receive a message from discoverability for the previous "network" name connection which should be called "network"


    A) Disable the network adapter in network connections (How To Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Windows)

    B) Uninstall the driver for the network interface in Device Manager

    C) With admin priviledges under Regedit, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

    D) Look inside the folders that reference the entries
    I have two folders - one folder with the network name: "network", and one folder with the network name: "Essential5"

    E) Create a backup of the registry folder I will be deleting

    F) Delete that Folder that contains the network name: "Essential5"

    G) Scan for hardware changes in Device Manager

    H) My adapter is set to obtain IP automatically via DHCP. Hopefuly I should receive a prompt that I want discoverability for the previous network connection (named network) that Windows connected to before I had unneccessarily created a new network.
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    Managing previously recognized networks or renaming the current network on the same interface used to be possible on a home network with Win 7 and Win 8. Correct me if I'm wrong about that but I recall this used to be done in Network & Sharing. There doesn't appear to be a way in Win 10 (barring the registry hack and re-installing the driver for that network interface I mentioned).
    I noticed that disconnecting and reconnecting of the ethernet interface caused the name "Network" to be re-named "Network 2"

    It seems perhaps that no response was posted because the option was eliminated from Network & Sharing
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    Jaguwaar20 said:
    I noticed that disconnecting and reconnecting of the ethernet interface caused the name "Network" to be re-named "Network 2"
    I suggest you delete the Network 2 profile.
    You might well even find it necessary to delete the Network profile as well then let it get recreated.
    I only have WiFi networks set up and you'll find some of these guides also focus on WiFi networks.
    Delete Wireless Network Profile - TenForumsTutorials
    Reset Network Adapters [also clears network profiles] - TenForumsTutorials
    Rename and Delete Network Profiles - TenForums

    Best of luck,
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  4. Posts : 145
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    Just backing up a bit, I didn't perform the steps that I outlined.

    Now, to clear up what I meant in regard to Network 2. I don't recall everything exactly that was performed due to the length of time that's passed. But by disconnecting and reconnecting the ethernet interface, what I meant by that was I performed a network reset. At this early stage in my troubleshooting, I hadn't yet set up a new network while naming it Essential5 in Network and Sharing. As far as Network 2, it appeared in Settings and in Network and Sharing (I believe) shortly after Windows Troubleshooting recommended a network reset. I deleted it shortly thereafter in command prompt.

    I'm not sure why I would delete Network too which is the default name Windows calls the network when Essential5 is that which I want to delete

    [EDIT] just to add some additional info. When I deleted "network 2" in command prompt it worked perhaps due to Windows having created the network. When attempting to delete Essential5 in command prompt, it can't be performed.
    Last edited by Jaguwaar20; 27 Jun 2023 at 12:13.
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