Windows 10: Difficulty renaming Win 10 pc within wired network Solved

  1.    02 Jan 2017 #1

    Difficulty renaming Win 10 pc within wired network

    I have one Win 10 workgroup PC suddenly not being recognised by the others - while being able to recognise them. The problem is that the desired network name (Network X, where X is my has disappeared. Unhelpfully the name is now Network 3 and has become Public rather than Private. I vividly recall that I fixed this not long ago.

    I cannot use the security method, presumably because I don't have a Windows account, and have found that the Registry method falls down at the last hurdle. There is no Profiles at the end of the line which would allow me to insert the name.

    I am referring to the string
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

    I must have overcome this in the past as the correct name was previously operating.

    Can anyone help me to restore the correct name and status?
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  2.    03 Jan 2017 #2

    I have had another go at this and this time I got the PC recognised again. Something obviously went wrong and now sanity has returned.
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  3. sml156's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       04 Jan 2017 #3

    For some people the reason the network gets identified as a public network is because a service called Network Location Awareness starts before the lan cards start properly. If this happens again you can stop and start the service and see if that fixes it.

    You will need to open a command prompt with Administrator privileges to run these commands

    To Stop Network Location Awareness:

    net stop NlaSvc

    To Start Network Location Awareness:

    net start NlaSvc

    Note: You canít start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.

    Note 2: If that works you can set network location awareness to delayed start in services.msc and hopefully fix it for good.
    Last edited by sml156; 04 Jan 2017 at 01:30.
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  4.    04 Jan 2017 #4

    Thanks, sml156.

    But, as I have said, I have managed to fix this. A number of people I know who have home networks have said that the last Win 10 update affected some networks. I found that, on this network PC only, changes were certainly made to my network settings The network was renamed, sharing settings were changed, private was made public, etc. I worked through all the settings and got things back to where they were before Microsoft changed things. Strangely, none of this unrequested stuff was directed at my other network PCs. Win 10 updates have been generally benign, but one of my PCs was certainly singled out for interference this time.
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