How to change Windows 10’s network profile if the setting isn’t there

Being more secure makes settings disappear. Great.

So you want to change the profile of the network to which you’re currently connected from Public to Private or vice versa. If you’ve already gone to Settings -> Network & Internet -> Ethernet, and clicked on the network you’re connected to, only to not find the Public/Private setting not there, here’s what to do.

Most likely that’s due to a custom UAC (User Account Control) setting. You can change it back to the default by doing this:

  1. Open Settings again.
  2. Search for “UAC.”
  3. Click the Change User Account Control settings result that pops up.
  4. In the ensuing window, ensure the slider is positioned at the 2nd notch from the top:


  5. Click OK.
  6. Return to the Ethernet network setting as in the 1st paragraph above. The Public/Private network setting should be available now.

If that doesn’t work, you can also try the Registry method described here.

Author: jdrch

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