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Windows 7: Unidentified Networks - Set as Private or Public


16 Mar 2010   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Unidentified Networks - Set as Private or Public

How to Set Unidentified Networks to be a Private or Public Network Location

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24 Jan 2012   #20
jamesgangnc

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Has anyone tried this registry fix with home premium? Home premium doesn't have all the security stuff and it automatically assigns unknown networks as public. Can't change them. I have a wifi internet connection and I shared it with a local wired LAN connection. Problem is that the wired LAN network is stuck as unknown network, public. Since I can't change that I can't share files or printers. Is home premium just too crippled to be used for ics?

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24 Jan 2012   #21
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello James, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, the REG downloads can be used in any edition of Windows 7 to change those settings. I hope that it will help with your issue.
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24 Jan 2012   #22
jamesgangnc

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks. I tried it and it didn't change anything. My local connection is still "unidentified" and can't be changed to "home". I started a new thread where I describe my situation. It seems like this is problem for a lot of people but I can't find any solid fixes. It not an issue if you have w7pro or above.

btw, pretty nice forum. Lots of good info in here. I'm impressed with the participants.
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24 Jan 2012   #23
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I hope you will get a solution soon.
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25 Jun 2012   #24
Rich Lang

Windows 7 Professional SP-1 32-bit
 
 
Another Possible Solution:

Those facing an "unidentified network" issue might want to try the following additional possible solution: Make sure that there is an IP address entered into the "Default Gateway" textbox of your network adapter's TCP/IP properties (AND, if this IS the network's "gateway" computer, and the "Default Gateway" textbox is blank, enter the IP address of one of the other computers on the network). When I did, the previously "unidentified network" became "identified" and everything worked like it should thereafter.

Windows 7 has a known bug that works like this: (A) In order for a network (to which it is attempting to connect) to be "identified", Windows 7 REQUIRES that an IP address be entered into the "Default Gateway" textbox of one's ethernet (other?) adapter's TCP/IP properties. But (B), if one enters for the "Default Gateway" value the exact same IP address as the network IP address of that very same computer (either the fixed address or the "always assigned by DHCP" address), Windows 7 (or the adapter software??) will fairly quickly thereafter delete that IP address, leaving the "Default Gateway" value again blank. Factor (B) would apply when one is attempting to set up the TCP/IP properties of the network's "gateway" computer.

It is also important that one review both this tutorial and Brink's related "How to Enable or Disable Changing Network Locations in Windows 7" tutorial at Network Location - Enable or Disable Change so as to ensure that none of those related security policy settings are interfering with what you want to happen.

The above solution was stumbled upon at the following Microsoft web page: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...0-2a61410aff6a
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25 Jun 2012   #25
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Rich, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Thank you for the addition.
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23 Jan 2013   #26
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi brink i wonder if you can help i installed new router today and have this unidentified network im not sure what it is i merged the ethernet and wireless (both using same router) thinking it would go? in network page it shows a tp link device? just not sure what it is ?


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23 Jan 2013   #27
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hey Brian,

The TP-Link in "Media Devices" is your TL-WDR3600 router. Your router has a built-in media server feature that allows users to share music, video and photos with Windows Media Player, PS3 or X-BOX 360. This is why it's listed under "Media Devices".

As for the unidentified network, you might click on the "Change adapter settings" link, and temporarily disable it's "brys e" network connection with "unidentified network" to see if that may help, and how it affects your network connections.

Hope this helps.
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23 Jan 2013   #28
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

sweet thanks brink i disabled it as you said and it disappeared but it disables the ethernet totally. it don't happen with the wireless though it does not show a unidentified network when wireless is enabled on its own.
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23 Jan 2013   #29
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

As a test, enable "brys e" again, but disable the wireless "brys w" for now.

Next, set "brys e" to be a Home network if not already. Afterwards, enable "brys w" again to see if you still get the unidentified network.
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