Change the network name in Windows 8/8.1

Here’s a quick little tip to get your week started.

Remember back in the Windows 7 days (oh so long ago…) when all you had to do to change the network name was click on the icon in the “Network and Sharing Center” and it would let you change the network name as well as the icon?

What? You don’t remember? Okay okay, so granted this wasn’t a widely used feature by any means, but sometimes (especially if you’re in any sort of tech industry) its nice to name your networks.

Well Windows 8 got rid of the icon completely (no surprise there) and along with it the ability to change the network name. Why Microsoft removed this, I will never know.


Never fear though, the ability to change the network name still exists in a round about way.

To do this you will need to open up the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to (hint: the search feature in regedit comes in very handy here!):

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

Under the “Profiles” key, you will likely find several more child keys. Within each of the keys there will be a value called “ProfileName“. This is the one we are after to change.

change-network-name-profilenameAll we need to do is double click the value, and change the value data to whatever you want, close regedit.exe.¬†Now reopen your “Network and Sharing Center“, you should see your new network name (no reboot required, awesome)!


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