Network profiles are automatically created in Windows 10 when you connect to a network. These profiles are named depending on the type of connection. For Ethernet networks, the naming is usually something like “Network,” while in the case of wireless networks the name is dependent on the SSID of the hotspot.
No matter what the case is, they can be renamed either by using a Registry hack or through the local security policy setting. I will take you through the process of renaming your network profile using a simple registry hack.
For PCs running on Windows 10 Home, Editing the Registry is a must in renaming your network profile. This method is still valid for other editions of Windows 10, however with Windows Pro or Enterprise, it is recommended to use the much easier Local Security Policy editor method.
Step-by-Step Process to Rename Network Profile by Editing the Registry (Windows 10 Home)
Step 1:- Lunch Regedit. To do this on your keyboard use hotkey “Windows + R”. In the little dialog box that opens in the bottom corner, type “regedit” and hit enter. On the next confirmation window. Click yes.
Step2:- When your registry editor opens, navigate
“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > NetworkList > Profiles” or
simply paste “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles” in the address locator and hit enter.
Once you have successfully navigated to profiles, note that each of the keys (folders) under Profiles represents one of your network profiles. These have long names, which are the GUIDs (globally unique identifiers) representing the profiles.
Step 3:- Next right-click on your network icon in the Windows taskbar and click “Open network and internet settings” option. This displays the name of your current network.
Step4:- Under Profiles click each folder and examine the “ProfileName” field to see which corresponds with your network as discovered from step 3.
Step 5:- Double click on the profile name of the desired profile you wish to rename. In the window that pops up change the value on the “Value data” textbox to your desired name and click “OK”.
Step6:- The final step is to disconnect and reconnect the network for this new change to take effect. This at times may not work. In such cases restart the computer and the new Network profile name should have been affected.
This process can be repeated for as many profile names you which to change. Also have in mind that for future networks connected to, there will be a profile folder created for them which you could edit using this very process.
Just in case you are still unsure why you may need a network renamed. You should understand that when you have multiple networks, especially wired networks, all the names appear very similar. This could be very confusing. Rename Network Profile makes it easier to tell which is your active network profile.