When you connect to a network for the first time in Windows, Windows saves the network profile and assigns a name to it.
Connections using Ethernet (wired) use a generic name such as Network 7 usually while wireless networks the SSID of the Wi-Fi network the device connected to.
Some users and administrators may dislike the non-descriptive nature of wired network connections on Windows.
Good news is that it is possible to rename network profile names to make them more descriptive on the operating system.
The following guide was written for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system but the process should work in previous versions of Windows as well.
You can check the current name in the Network and Sharing Center on Windows or in the Settings application on Windows 10.
The name of the network is displayed at the very top of the page.
To display the name in the Control Panel instead, do this:
The name is listed under "view your active networks".
Windows administrators and users have two main options to change a network name. The first involves editing the Windows Registry using Local Security Policy. Note that Local Security Policy is only available in professional versions of Windows, e.g. Windows 10 Pro.
I recommend that you back up the Windows Registry before you make any changes to it. Check out our Windows Registry backup guide to find out how to do that.
The change takes affect immediately. You can verify that by opening the Settings app or the Network and Sharing Center to verify that the name change was successful.
Repeat the process for any other network name that you want to change.
As mentioned earlier, Local Security Policy is only available in professional versions of Windows. A limitation of this method is that you can only change the name of the connected network.
The Registry option may not be as straightforward but it displays the list of all networks the device was connected to so that you may modify names of network the device is not connected to at the time as well.
Changing network names is just a cosmetic change, though.
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