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    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10

    How to Change a Network Profile Name in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    01 Apr 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Change a Network Profile Name in Windows 10


    The first time that you connect to a network, Windows automatically creates a network profile and stores it on your computer. Your computer can then automatically connect to the network in the future, and your preferences for that network will be used.

    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.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the name of a wired (ex: Ethernet) or wireless (ex: Wi-Fi) network profile on your Windows 10 PC to any name you want.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to rename a network profile.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Rename Network Profile in Registry Editor
    • Option Two: To Rename Network Profile in Local Security Policy



    EXAMPLE: Network profile name in Network and Sharing Center
    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-network_and_sharing_center-ethernet.png
    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-network_and_sharing_center-wi-fi.png





    OPTION ONE

    To Rename Network Profile in Registry Editor


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 Browse to the location below in Registry Editor, and expand open the Profiles key in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

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

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-rename_network-regedit-1.png

    4 Click/tap on each long GUID number subkey in the left pane, and look at its PofileName string value in the right pane until you find the one that has the network name (ex: Brink-Router2) you want to change. (see screenshot below)

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-rename_network-regedit-2.png

    5 Double click/tap on the PofileName string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    6 Type a new name you want for the network profile, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    A network name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters: \ / : * ? < > |

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-rename_network-regedit-3.png

    7 When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.

    8 Sometimes you may need to sign out and in to fully apply the new network profile name.






    OPTION TWO

    To Rename Network Profile in Local Security Policy


    The Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.

    This option will override the name set in Option One above.


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type secpol.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Security Policy.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 Click/tap on Network List Manager Policies in the left pane of Local Security Policy. (see screenshot below)

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-rename_network-secpol-1.png

    4 In the right pane of Network List Manager Policies, double click/tap on the network name (ex: Brink-Router2) you want to change. (see screenshot above)

    5 Select (dot) Name under the Name section, type a new name you want for the network profile, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    The default setting is Not configured. This will have the network name be what is set in Option One.

    A network name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters: \ / : * ? < > |

    The network name you enter here is stored in the NeworkName string value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures\long unique ID number

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-rename_network-secpol-2.png

    6 When finished, you can close Local Security Policy if you like.

    7 Sometimes you may need to sign out and in to fully apply the new network profile name.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 62
    Win10 Pro
       #1

    Thank you very much!
    Just for the records:
    What is the maximum length for the new network name in Option 1, Step 6?
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  2. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Changed Network Connection Name in Registry (after secpol.msc proc)


    I tested the secpol.msc procedure on a desktop running Windows 10 Pro version 1803 Build 17134.48. I changed the (default) Network Connection name 'Network' to a more appropriate 'Ethernet-Network' because this desktop has only (one) Ethernet connection (no Wi-Fi involved).
    The procedure worked OK but I could not find my modified Network Connection Name 'Ethernet-Network' in the Registry key :

    Code:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures\long unique ID number

    as described in the article.

    Instead I found my modified Network Connection Name 'Ethernet-Network' in following Registry key :

    Computer
    \HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    \Software
    \Microsoft
    \Windows
    \CurrentVersion
    \Group Policy Objects
    \{2C83415E-BBA4-497F-B9DD-42AADE05EEB3}Machine
    \Software
    \Policies
    \Microsoft
    \Windows NT
    \CurrentVersion
    \NetworkList
    \Signatures
    \010103000F0000F0080000000F0000F00BBA2FD33357B5C24B5B5306720024E6CE895A489DD00801C3A40D836BD091CE

    contains :
    Name Type Data
    (Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
    NetworkName REG_SZ Ethernet-Network

    Please, could someone comment on this.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,951
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello Hermanus, :)

    I just tested on my system to see if anything changed, and it's still at the location in the tutorial for me.

    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-network_name.jpg
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  4. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    regedit after network profile name change (secpol)


    I just tested on my system to see if anything changed, and it's still at the location in the tutorial for me.
    Hello Brink,
    Seems like no two Windows 10 (Pro) versions are the same !
    This is how my 'Signatures' folder (in regedit) looks after the 'secpol' procedure (= quite different from yours) :
    Change Network Profile Name in Windows 10-network-connection-name-na-aanpassing-met-secpol-msc-regedit-signatures-.jpg
      My Computer

  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,951
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ah, I see. You're not at the same location.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Brink said:
    Ah, I see. You're not at the same location.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures
    Got it. I am so sorry I wasted your time

    My lesson : should become careful with 'regedit' once you have 78 years on the teller...
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,951
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #7

    It's no problem at all. I'm just happy it wasn't an issue.
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 6
    W10 Pro 1909
       #8

    Name reverts on restart


    I'm a complete novice with W10 (Home)-1803, having just got a new machine to understudy my venerable W7 Ultimate desktop.

    My ethernet connection is named "Network Connection". Nothing wrong with that, but I'd like it to be something else.

    I've followed the Method 1 above, and it will show the connection with the new name. However, when I restart, it's reverted to "Network Connection".

    Oddly, the ProfileName entry with "Network Connection" has, as its Description field, the name of my wireless access. Should the two fields be the same?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,951
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19640
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hello Foxfan, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Are you connected to a router?

    If so, it may be getting the name from it on startup causing it to change. If this is the case, changing the network name in your router settings should sort it.
      My Computers


 

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