Create or modify network profiles


The first time that you connect to a network, Windows automatically creates a network profile and stores it on your computer. Your computer can then automatically connect to the network in the future, and your preferences for that network will be used.

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Wireless networks

If a wireless network that you want to connect to doesn't appear on the list of available networks, it might be because the network is not broadcasting. In that case, you can create a profile for the network so that you can connect to it automatically in the future.

To create a wireless network profile

  1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the network icon (Picture of the wireless network icon or Picture of the wired network icon) in the notification area.

    A list of networks currently available is displayed.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If the network that you want to create a profile for is in the list, click it, and then click Connect.

      If you save the network after successfully connecting to it, a profile for the network is stored on your computer. The next time you open Connect to a Network, the network will be in the list of available networks, if it's in range of your computer.

    • If the network that you want to create a profile for is not in the list and you think that it's in range of your computer, make sure that the wireless network adapter on your computer is enabled by doing the following:

      1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.

      2. Right-click the network adapter, and then click Enable.

    • If the network that you want to create a profile for is not in the list, you might be able to connect to it by following these steps:

      1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the network icon (Picture of the wireless network icon or Picture of the wired network icon) in the notification area.

      2. Click Unnamed Network, click Connect, and then type the network information. If you save the network, a profile for the network will be created and stored on your computer.

To modify a wireless network profile

  1. Open Manage Wireless Networks by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type wireless, and then click Manage wireless networks.

  2. Right-click the network profile you want to modify, and then click Properties.

  3. Make the desired changes, and then click OK.

Wired networks

Windows doesn't save wired network profiles, but you can modify the properties of a wired network connection.

To modify the properties of a wired network connection

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Center.

  2. Next to Connections, click the link for the network connection you want to modify, and then click Properties. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.