Windows 10: How to rename network interfaces

  1.    19 Aug 2016 #1

    How to rename network interfaces


    Hi,
    I've got a new DSL router and configured it with the same settings as previous.

    I already tried and successfuly renamed Network Adapters as they were before, it is now Ethernet and Wi-Fi but it is still not enough. netsh interface show interface command still saying Ethernet 2 and Wi-Fi 2 after reboot.
    I also tried netsh interface set interface name=”Ethernet 2” newname=”Ethernet” but didn't help
    Any suggestion to fix it ?
    It's not a big deal, but still I would like to have it sorted.

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       19 Aug 2016 #2
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    19 Aug 2016 #3

    I did... already edited registry where
    Ethernet renamed to Ethernet_old and Ethernet 2 back to Ethernet
    the same for Wi-Fi
    but didn't help
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       19 Aug 2016 #4

    eddward said: View Post
    I did... already edited registry where
    Ethernet renamed to Ethernet_old and Ethernet 2 back to Ethernet
    the same for Wi-Fi
    but didn't help
    A wireless network profile will use the SSID of the wireless network (ex: router) you connected to as the default profile name on your PC

    For wired. I've just tried it and it worked. Did you make the changes for both Profile Name and Description ?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    19 Aug 2016 #5

    I edited entries here
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
    Description and Profile name have been changed, but this is related only for SSID afaik and it's already OK.

    The thing is, network adapters are already renamed if I navigate to the Control Panel\Network Connections
    Name for WiFi adapter is already Wi-Fi (renamed from Wi-Fi 2), SSID renamed as well, Ethernet (Ethernet 2) the same.
    But as I said via netsh interface show interface there are still Wi-Fi 2 and Ethernet 2... moreover in Windows 10 Settings - Network & Internet is also still Wi-Fi 2 and Ethernet 2...
    I don't know how, but obviously names are not changed in the whole system.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 2,033
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       19 Aug 2016 #6

    Try to power cycle everything to clear up all the DNS cache.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    19 Aug 2016 #7

    I restarted laptop 2 times already, nothing changed.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    20 Aug 2016 #8

    Hi there

    re-cycle the router + cable box (if you have fibre optic cable) as well - completely power off, leave for 20 secs and restart. Switch off (yes there is actually an OFF button on them) any wifi connected mobile phones too plus any smart TV's / NAS devices.

    That way everything in the network should be cleared.

    Make sure the entire Kybosh (every piece of networked connected hardware) is OFF (hard powered OFF - not left in standby mode) before powering on Router / Cable box again.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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