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Windows 7: Network profiles

07 Mar 2013   #1
mediaman09

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Network profiles

What does Public mean in the context of network profiles.

Does it simply refer to the files under the \Public directory....or does it refer to some security issue aspect of unauthorized users accessing my home network???




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07 Mar 2013   #2
Kari

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Home, Work and Public are so called Network Locations. A Home network is a network where only users and computers you know well are connected to same network, a Public network is for instance an airport WiFi HotSpot where a lot of unknown users and computers are connected to same network and you need to be extra careful not to share something personal or let stranges access your computer.

Read Brink's excellent tutorial about Network Locations here: Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network

Microsoft gives also some nice tips in selecting correct network location: Choosing a network location

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07 Mar 2013   #3
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I think your references are with regard to Public NETWORKS, but my question was about network PROFILE. The screen shot is from Control Panel / Network and Sharing / Advanced Settings/

Playing with the settings , it seem be related to the \Users\Public FOLDER.

What can they just say so??
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07 Mar 2013   #4
Kari

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No, it is exactly what I said. There are different settings for Home and Public Network Locations. It has absolutely nothing to do with Public folders, other than it is recommended not to share Public folders when using Public networks.

Looks that you didn't even read the info I linked.
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07 Mar 2013   #5
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
No, it is exactly what I said. There are different settings for Home and Public Network Locations. It has absolutely nothing to do with Public folders, other than it is recommended not to share Public folders when using Public networks.

Looks that you didn't even read the info I linked.
I did read them. Both of them. Even though you believe I didn't.

But those links refer to choosing network location. I have already chosen HOME.



AFTER CHOOSING HOME NETWORK.....

What I am asking about is the profiles, here:

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07 Mar 2013   #6
Kari

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Yes. You have chosen Home as your Network location as your first screenshot shows. Your second screenshots shows the part of the network settings which asks what would you like to do if you take your computer away from home and connect it to network selecting Public location.

A typical situation would for instance be when you are travelling and you connect your laptop to a hotel, Internet café or airport network. In these cases you should always select Public location and that setting is what Windows would then use.

When you return home, Windows recognizes your Home network and sets location accordingly.

Exactly as I told. I am sorry if you are not happy with my answer. It is, however, the correct answer.
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07 Mar 2013   #7
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Well I have a desktop, so I guess it doesn't matter.

Life would be so much easier if Microsoft actually labeled things in a meaningful way. Seems almost everything in Windows 7 requires a tutorial.
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07 Mar 2013   #8
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Common pal how much more do you want them to set it out ... as Kari explained each option is clearly detailed


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07 Mar 2013   #9
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

You guys crack me up!

I am rebuilding some machines, having some issues, and I asked what I thought was a polite innocent question. After some clarification you give me a full answer which I would otherwise have no way of knowing, as I am not a laptop user and thus never switch networks. And I comment how nice if would have been had Microsoft provided that type of clarity, instead of having users like me, non-guru users, having to ask questions at every turn, and rely on detailed tutorials.

In the process :
- I get accused of not reading what was said ( I did - I jsut didnt understand it)
- I get accused of not being happy with an anwwer ( I never said that - quite the oppsoite!)
- I get told repeatedly how right you were

Normally its a much friendlier atmosphere on the forum. I guess I posted on a bad night.

Please forgive me for asking a question.

I read from one of the admins that "There are no dumb questions, just the people who do not ask them." . I gather that sentiment isn't shared by everyone
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07 Mar 2013   #10
Kari

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I am sorry that you take this like that.

Try to understand my point: Someone asks a question for what I am totally sure I know the correct answer. I answer it, and judging by his response to my answer he did not check the facts I linked.

I repeat my answer, trying to clarify it a bit more, and the response shows the poster is not satisfied with my answer and does not believe it.

At that point I politely apologized for giving an answer the poster quite clearly did not want to have.

I do not know how else I should have answered you? Should we first ask which answers the posters do not want to hear, which are the answers they are awaiting to get and then answer accordingly? Even when we know that doing so the poster gets wrong answer?
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