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Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change

How to Enable or Disable Changing a Network Icon in Windows 7
Published by Brink
18 Mar 2010
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How to Enable or Disable Changing a Network Icon in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to enable or disable all users to be able to change a network icon as displayed in the Network and Sharing Center.
warning   Warning
You will only be able to do this while logged in as an administrator.

EXAMPLE: Change Network Icon Enabled or Disabled
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-enabled.jpgNetwork Icon - Enable or Disable Change-disabled.jpg




Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change OPTION ONE Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change
Through Network List Manager Policies
1. Open the Local Security Policy editor.
A) In the left pane, select Network List Manager Policies. (see screenshot below)
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-secpol-1.jpg
B) Go to step 3 or 4.
OR

2. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
A) In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Windows Settings, Security Settings, and Network List Manager Policies. (see screenshot below)
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-gpedit-1.jpg
B) Go to step 3 or 4.
3. To Enable or Disable Changing All Network Icons
A) In the right pane, double click on All Networks. (see screenshots above)

B) To Enable Changing All Network Icons


NOTE: If set to Not Configured, then the setting in step 4C below will override this setting.
  • Under Network icon, select (dot) either Not Configured or User can change icon, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
  • Go to step 6.
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-all_locations.jpg
C) To Disable Changing All Network Icons


NOTE: This will override any setting that you may have set in step 4 below.
  • Under Network icon, select (dot) User cannot change icon, then click on OK. (see screenshot above)
  • Go to step 5.
4. To Enable or Disable Changing a Specific Network Icon
A) Open the Network and Sharing Center to see what the name of a network (ex: Network for me below) that you want to enable or disable changing of it's network icon. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can open the Network and Sharing Center from within the Control Panel, or by right clicking on your Network icon in taskbar notification area.
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-network_sharing.jpg
B) In the right pane, double click on your network name (ex: Network). (see screenshot below step 1A or 2A)

C) To Enable Changing a Specific Network Icon

NOTE: If step 3B above is set to Not Configured, then this will override that setting.
  • Click on the Network Icon tab. (see screenshot below)
  • Under User permissions, select (dot) either Not Configured or User can change icon, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)
  • Go to step 5.
Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change-specific_network.jpg
D) To Disable Changing a Specific Network Icon

NOTE: This will override the setting in step 3B above.
  • Click on the Network Icon tab. (see screenshot above)
  • Under User permissions, select (dot) User cannot change icon, then click on OK. (see screenshot above)
  • Go to step 5.
5. Close the Local Security Policy or Local Group Policy Editor.





Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change OPTION TWO Network Icon - Enable or Disable Change
Through a REG File Download

NOTE: You will need to use OPTION ONE to enable or disable changing a specific network icon instead.
1. To Enable Changing All Network Icons
NOTE: The setting in step 4C in OPTION ONE above will override this setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Changing_All_Networks_Icons.reg
download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Changing All Network Icons
NOTE: This will override any setting that you may have set in step 4 in OPTION ONE above.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Changing_All_Networks_Icons.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Restart the computer to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn




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