The very first time you connect to a particular network, be It wired or wireless, Windows will prompt with a message of "Do you want to allow your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on this network?". You can then choose (for example), a Private or Public network location. All security settings will be applied based on your selection thereafter. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add the "Public" & "Private" network options to the right-click context menu.
Once you've made your choice of network, Windows will configure It's Network Discovery, whereby It will determine If your PC can find other PCs on the network and vice versa, or whether to restrict your computer from communicating with others. All this Is based on the profile you've selected.
For Instance, If you wish to connect to a trusted network, such as your home or office, you'd opt for the Private network. This makes your computer discoverable to other devices on the same network, hence allows sharing of files and printers. If you're connecting to a non-secure network, such as those found at airports and coffee shops, the Public network should be selected. This hides your computer, and turns off file and printer sharing.
If you're the type who connects to public, home and workplace networks every so often with your laptop, then this tutorial will certainly suit your needs, by having the Public & Private network options readily available on the right-click context menu. Do note, that this only applies when right-clicking on a blank area on the PC's desktop.
To achieve this, I will be using a Registry file that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry Editor. All that's required on your part, Is to double-click the file, follow a couple of prompts, and the job's done. I've provided the download links to the Registry files, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this started.
Once you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a directory of your choice. Then, double-click the Add Network.reg file. It will prompt you to add the entries Into the Registry, so hit Yes.
A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry. Hit OK to finalize the process.
I've now right-clicked on a blank area on my desktop and as you can see, the Change Network Location, as well as the Private network and Public network options are readily available.
In the event you've changed your mind and wish to reverse all changes, simply double-click the Remove Network.reg file and hit Yes.
It doesn't get any easier than this, does It? The good thing about this tweak, Is that It saves you the task of editing the Registry manually, which If done Incorrectly, can cause significant system Instability and/or loss of functionality to the operating system.
Use any of the links below, to download the aforementioned Registry files.
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link AnonFiles:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link Solidfiles:
Direct Link Sabercathost:
Direct Link Uploadfiles: