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Network Name and Icon - Change

How to Change the Network Name and Icon in Windows 7
Published by Brink
13 Sep 2009
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How to Change the Network Name and Icon in Windows 7


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to change the network name and icon in the Network and Sharing Center.





OPTION ONE
Change Network Name and Icon in Network and Sharing Center
1. Click or right click on the Network icon in the notification area, then click on Open Network and Sharing Center. (See screenshot below)
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2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.


3. Click on an active network icon. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This will not work with a unidentified network.
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4. This will open the Set Network Properties window. (See screenshot below)
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5. To Change the Network Name
A) In the Network name field, type the new name you want for your network. (See screenshot above)
6. To Change the Network Icon
A) Click on the Change button. (See screenshot below step 4)

B) Select a icon, or browse to the location of a icon, for your network and click on OK.
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7. Click on OK to apply your settings. (See screenshot below)
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8. The network name and/or icon are now changed. (See screenshot below)
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OPTION TWO
To Change Network Name in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

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

3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
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4. Double click/tap on the Profiles key to expand it. Click/tap on each long GUID number subkey, and look at it's PofileName string value in the right pane to see if it has the current network name (ex: Network) until found. (see screenshot below)
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5. When found, double click/tap on the PofileName string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

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

Note   Note
A network name cannot contain tabs or any of the following characters:

\ / : * ? < > |

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

8. Sometimes you may need to sign out and in of your user account to fully apply the new network name.
That's it,
Shawn



02 Dec 2009   #1
andygo

Win 7 32 bit
 
 

Thats it Shawn. I've been faffing round with that for ages!


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02 Dec 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Andy.
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13 May 2010   #3
amandamaciel

Windows Seven Professional
 
 

Thank you very much! You're the man! =D haha
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13 May 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Amanda, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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19 May 2010   #5
Khrann

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I can't do that, no button to press... :s
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19 May 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Khrann, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you be a bit more specifc, and give more details on your issue please?
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30 Sep 2010   #7
MrsLady3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit on both
 
 

Thanks a million! I have been searching for this name change thing for months. Wish they would have had that option available in the category view!!!!!
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30 Sep 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome MrsLady3, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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01 Oct 2010   #9
dismas

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

When I click in the Network name field, I am unable to type anything in or change the current name. There is also no button to change the icon. However I am able to change the network name for all of the other networks. I think this is because this network has an access type of "no network access" whereas the others have "Internet" or "No Internet access". How can I change this network name?

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