How to delete an unidentified public network in windows 7

Updated April 17, 2017

The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system includes built-in security features such as identifying and labelling secure and non-secure networks to which the computer connects. However, if a network cannot be identified by the Windows 7 operating system, then by default it will place the highest or "Public Network" restrictions in place that limit or in some cases completely block access to that network. Change the default "Unidentified Network" properties for Windows 7 so that the "Unidentified Public Network" problem is eliminated.

Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 taskbar and click the "Search" box. Type "mmc" in the "Search" box and tap the "Enter" key. The "Microsoft Management Console" window will appear.

Click the "File" menu, then "Add/Remove Snap-in," "Group Policy Object Editor" and "Add."

Click "Local computer," then click "OK" twice to save the setting.

Click "Computer Configuration," "Windows Settings," then click "Security Settings." Click "Network List Manager Policies" and then double-click "Unidentified networks."

Click the "Private" radio button, then "Apply." Click "OK" to save the settings.


If you cannot access the MMC console, log out and log back in using the username and password of an account that has Administrator permissions.

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