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Specify a network location for an active network in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to specify whether an active network is a Home network, Work network, or a Public network.

ImportantImportant
In some cases, it is not possible to change the network location for an active network. For example, if your network is a domain network that is managed by a network administrator, you might not be able to change the network location using this procedure. For networks whose network location cannot be changed, there is no link below the network name for you to click, as described in the procedure below.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Start Network and Sharing Center

  2. In View your active networks, click the link below an active network name. For example, if you have a network named Network 1 and there is a link below the network name, click the link. The Set Network Location dialog box opens.

  3. In the Set Network Location dialog box, click one of the following items:

    • Home network. Specifies that all of the computers on your network are trusted and secure. Do not select this item if the active network contains computers that you do not own and trust. For example, do not select this item if the active network is in a public place.

    • Work network. Specifies that all of the computers on the active network are at your workplace. Do not select this item if the active network is in a public place.

    • Public network. Specifies that the active network is in a public location, such as an airport or a coffee shop, and that there are computers on the network that are owned and operated by people that you do not know. This network location is recommended for all networks to which you connect other than your home and work networks.

  4. Windows changes the network location and displays the Set Network Location dialog box with a summary of your network location. Review the summary, and then click Close.

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