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How to Change Network Profiles with PowerShell?

Sometime it’s not possible to change network profiles using graphical interface. The network profiles or network categories are Private network, Public Network, and Domain Network. This is how to change network profile using PowerShell.

Change Network Profile Using PowerShell

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The three network profiles in Windows 10 are:

  • Private: Computers on a private network can belong to a home group. Network discovery is turned on for private networks, which allows you to see other computers and devices on the network.
  • Public: Designed to keep your computer from being visible to other computers around you and to help protect your computer from any malicious software from the Internet.
  • Domain: It belongs to enterprise network. It’s controlled by network admin and can’t be selected and changed locally.

So let’s try to change network profile using PowerShell in Windows 10. This tips work on all Windows clients and Servers.

1. Open PowerShell and run it as administrator. Then type “Get-NetAdapter” and press enter to see all network adapters.

Windows 10 Network Adapters
Windows 10 Network Adapters

2. To fine the network adapter profiles, type “Get-NetConnectionProfile” and press enter. You can specify the network connection with “-InterfaceAlias” parameter. It show only the exact network connection information.

Public Network Profile
Public Network Profile

The network category is public, so try to change to private network with “Set-NetConnectionProfile” cmdlet.

Note: It’s not possible to change the network adapter category to domain when there is no domain available. It’s only change Private network to public and public to private network using PowerShell. 

3. To change Public network to Private network, simply type “Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceAlias Ethernet -NetworkCategory Private” and press enter.

Change Network Profile Using PowerShell
Change Network Profile Using PowerShell

4. To see the result, type “Get-NetConnectionProfile” or specify the network adapter name with “-InterfaceAlias” parameter.

Change Public Network to Private Network with PowerShell
Change Public Network to Private Network with PowerShell

Good, the public network has been changed to private network successfully. You can do the same to change private network to public.

Hope this simple PowerShell command will help you to change network profiles easily on the enterprise network and home network. So let us know, if you have any question about PowerShell.

  1. Niaz ahmad says

    thankful from this article.
    could you tell me! can i use this all command on CMD to change Network Profile?

  2. Derek Shaw says

    how to change the name from “Unidentified Network” to something more realistic? Or list the objects we can change?

  3. Stuart says

    Thanks for this article. It was very helpful.

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