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How to Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10

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Hotspot 2.0, also known as HS2 and Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint, is an approach to public access Wi-Fi by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Hotspot 2.0 is a standard for seamless authentication to hotspots. Hotspot 2.0 offers an encrypted connection between the client and the access point. It uses IEEE 802.11u to communicate with the provider before it establishes a connection. Authentication and encryption are provided by using WPA2-Enterprise together with one of several EAP methods.

Hotspot 2.0 is focused on enabling users to automatically and securely connect to Wi-Fi networks while on the move. Hotspot 2.0 networks might be available in certain public places, like airports, hotels, and cafes.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you can turn on or off having Hotspot 2.0 networks appear in the list of Wi-Fi networks when they are available to connect to.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Hotspot 2.0 networks appearing in the list of available Wi-Fi networks for all users in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks using a REG file


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Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

2. Click/tap on Wi-Fi on the left side, and turn on or off (default) Let me use an online sign-up service to get connected for what you want under Hotspot 2.0 networks on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks using a REG file

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You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.


The .reg files below make changes to the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WcmSvc\Tethering

Hotspot2SignUp DWORD

0= On
1 = Off


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Hotspot 2.0 Networks

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Hotspot_2.0_networks.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Hotspot 2.0 Networks

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Hotspot_2.0_networks.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, OK (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn