Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10
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    29 Aug 2017
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    How to Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10

    information   Information
    A network location identifies the type of network (ex: private or public) that a PC is connected to with a network adapter.

    By default, the first time you connect to a new network (wired or wireless), you will be prompted "Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?" by the Network Location wizard.

    If you prefer to not have users on the PC prompted by the Network Location wizard whenever connecting to a new network, then you can disable the Network Location wizard so new networks will have a "public" location by default.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Network Location wizard prompt when connecting to a new network for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Network Location wizard prompt

    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Network Location wizard using a REG file
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Network Location wizard in Command Prompt

    EXAMPLE: Network Location wizard
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    Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Network Location wizard using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add (disable) or remove (enable) the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\NewNetworkWindowOff

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


     2. To Enable Network Location wizard

    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.

    Enable_Network_Location_Wizard.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Network Location wizard

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

    Disable_Network_Location_Wizard.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/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.






    Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Network Location Wizard in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Network Location wizard in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Enable Network Location wizard

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\NewNetworkWindowOff" /f

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     4. To Disable Network Location wizard

    A) Copy and paste the command below into the elevated command prompt, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\NewNetworkWindowOff" /f

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    5. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    31 Aug 2017 #1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    I've found a strange behavior when using this registry tweak. Unfortunately, it also hides the Discovery setting in : Settings > Network & Internet > Select status on the left > click on Change connection properties. Here's the result :

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    Removing the key from the registry makes the discovery option visible again :

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    I don't know if it's a bug or a feature, but that's definitely a pain.
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  2.    31 Aug 2017 #2
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    It would be by design since it disables Network Discovery.

    Luckily, you can still use Option 2 or 3 below to turn on/off Network Discovery.

    Turn On or Off Network Discovery in Windows 10 Windows 10 Network Sharing Tutorials
    Last edited by Brink; 31 Aug 2017 at 20:00. Reason: addition
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  3.    31 Aug 2017 #3
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    Well, the name of the registry key is NewNetworkWindowOff, so to me it doesn't necessarily mean DisableDiscoverySettingAndUsePowershellOrGpo ;-)

    But yeah, maybe it's by design,in such case it's a really bad design decision,or very bad registry key name 😂😂
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  4.    31 Aug 2017 #4
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    Yeah, the names can make it confusing when not more friendly towards its function.
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