Win 8.1 public vs private


Extraordinary Member
I thought I had private vs. public figured out by changing the slider at "network" from public to private.

However I noticed it is stuck on public and I cannot change it to private.
Please advise.
Thank you


Essential Member
Premium Supporter
I am using Windows 8.1, but, I cannot recall a "Slider" , in Windows 8 that does that. Can you point me there? If you mean this one, read the text, that is not its function.


To change to a private you should go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center\Advanced sharing settings, and make sure you have private selected there.


Noob Whisperer
If you are not able to switch from a public network then it may be as a result of the IP addressing schema that you are (or are not) receiving from the network DHCP server.
Open a command prompt and do a quick ipconfig /all and see if you're getting a proper default gateway


Extraordinary Member
I apologize for taking your time. I kept trying and for some reason was able to move the slider to private which I will use in my home only.
Thank you.

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