How to Change Network Names on Windows

Updated by Charlene on Jan 05, 2023
  | Computer Instruction

Even though we regularly connect different networks to our computers, very few people know how to change network names on Windows 10. So if you're looking for ways to change network names on Windows 10, but don't know how to do so, there's no need to worry. 

You can just follow the steps outlined in this post to change the names on your network if you're using Windows 10. We'll be sharing two methods to change network names in this post, so make sure to read the full post so you can see which method will work best for you.

Why Would You Need to Change Network Names on Windows 10

Changing the network name on your Windows computer can have a lot of benefits, especially if you connect your computer to many different Internet connections regularly. Whenever you connect your computer to a Wi-Fi or LAN network, these networks automatically get assigned a specific network name that can be seen in the connectivities dialog box.

network and sharing center

Methods to Change Network Name

You can use two methods to change network names on Windows 10. If you're a user of Windows 10 Home, you can use Windows Registry for this purpose. If you're using Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise, you can use the Local Security Policy, to use the Windows 10 change network name option.

  1. Method 1. Using Windows Registry
  2. Method 2. Using Local Security Policy

Method 1. Using Windows Registry

If you're using Windows 10 Home, here's how you can change your network names.

Step 1. Press the "Windows Key" or click on the search bar and type in regedit.msc. You'll see the Registry Editor app in the search results. 

windows registry

Step 2. Once you open this app, you'll need to click on "Computer" in the left bar of the app window.

click on computer

Step 3. Now, search for a folder titled "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE." Once you've located this folder, click on it.

hkey local machine

Step 4. You need to search for the "SOFTWARE" folder and click on it.

search for the software folder

Step 5. Once you've opened this folder, you'll see that this folder contains a lot of subfolders. You need to search for the one named Microsoft and click on it.

microsoft

In the Microsoft folder, navigate to the folder named "WindowsNT" and open it.

windowsnt

Step 6. In this folder, look for a folder called "CurrentVersion." Once found, click on it.

look for a folder called currentversion

In the CurrentVersion folder, locate the "NetworkList" folder. You'll need to click on this folder and go to the folder titled "Profiles."

go to the folder titled profiles

Step 7. Once you've clicked on the Profiles folder, you'll see many different folders which have their names in brackets. Every one of these folders corresponds to a network you connected your computer to. 

To change the name of a particular network, you'll need to click on each of these folders until you find the folder that corresponds to the network whose name you're trying to change. 

Step 8. In our case, the fourth folder in the Profiles folder was for the network we wish to rename. 

rename the network

Step 9. In this folder, you'll see that the file at the bottom of the list is titled ProfileName, which tells you the current name of the network. To change the network name, right-click on the "ProfileName file."

A dialogue box titled "Edit String" will open as a result. In this dialogue box, you need to click on the text bar under "Value Data" and type in the name you wish to use for this network.

edit string

Method 2. Using Local Security Policy

If you're using Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you won't be able to change your network names using the Registry Editor. In these versions of Windows 10, you need to use the Local Security Policy to change network names. 

Step 1. To do that, you'll need to type in secpol.msc in the Windows search bar and open the "Local Security Policy."

choose secpol msc

Step 2. In the Local Security Policy, you need to click on "Security Settings." Under this, you'll see a folder named "Network List Manager Policies." Once you click on this folder, you'll see a list of networks that your computer connects to. 

network list manager policies

Step 3. Now, you'll need to locate the network whose name you wish to change and click on it. You'll see a dialogue box pop up that lists the properties of that connection. In the Network Name page of this dialogue box, type in the new network name in the text box present under "Name."

Step 4. After typing in your new network name, you just need to click on "OK," and your network will show on your computer with its new name.

click on ok and name the network

Conclusion 

In this post, we've discussed the methods that can be used for changing network names on Windows 10 computers. If you're using Windows 10 Home, you can use the Registry Editor to do this. If you're using Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can change network names using the Local Security Policy.

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