| By Fred Langa |
When Win7’s network-location setting fails, you may need to sneak in the back way.
A mangled location setting can make a PC think that safe home or work networks are unsafe Public networks — and prevent you from correcting the problem!
The ‘Make all future networks public’ debacle
Reader Pam’s Public network settings are stuck and are blocking her connections.
- “I accidentally checked the box that says ‘make all future networks public and do not show this again,’ not realizing it was for anything other than the hotel network I was accessing. Now I can’t connect to my home network anymore. What can I do? Running Windows 7.”
I reproduced Pam’s situation on a network in my office so I could grab screen shots such as Figure 1, a normal Win7 Network and Sharing Center (TechNet info) dialog box. In Figure 1, the cursor is next to the network location label (under View your active networks), which in this case is set to Public network.
Figure 1. To change your network location, click the location label (shown above as Public network). But sometimes, the link’s not there.
Normally, the network location has a link (blue, clickable text) that lets you reassign the network to a different location: Home, Work, or Public network (more info). But in Pam’s case (and in the Figure 1 example), Public network is just plain text; it’s not a clickable link. What now?