When you connect your Windows 11 PC to a network; It treats it as a public network by default and applies the appropriate firewall settings. Later on, You may want to change your network profile type to make your PC discoverable to other devices on the network. But what if the option to change network profile type disappears from the Settings app?
Windows 11 allows you to set a network profile type for each network separately. If you can’t seem to set a network profile type for your network because the options are missing. Here are some troubleshooting tips that may help.
1. Restart the Network Adapter.
A network adapter is an essential component for your PC to connect to the local network and the internet. Sometimes, Temporary problems with the network adapter may cause the network profile type option to disappear. Therefore, You should first disable and re-enable the network adapter to see if that helps.
Step 1: Click the search icon on the taskbar; Type it. control PanelSelect the first result that appears.
Step 2: Use the drop-down menu in the upper right corner to change the view type to small or large icons. Then click on ‘Network and Sharing Center’.
Step 3: Select Change adapter settings from the left panel.
Step 4: In the Network Connections window, Right-click on your network adapter and select Disable.
Step 5: When the User Account Control (UAC) prompt appears, select Yes.
Wait at least 10 seconds, Then right-click on the network adapter to enable it again.
2. Run the Network Adapter Troubleshooter.
Windows 11 comes with several troubleshooting tools that automatically diagnose common problems and make (or recommend) fixes accordingly. Therefore, If re-enabling the network adapter does not resolve the issue. Run the network adapter troubleshooter by following the steps below.
Step 1: Click the Search icon from the Taskbar; Enter it. Fix problem settings.And press Enter.
Step 2: Click on Other troubleshooters.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Network Adapter troubleshooter and click the Run button.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process. After that, Check if the option to change network profile type appears in the Settings app.
3. Disconnect and reconnect to the network.
If you cannot find the option to change the network profile type for a particular network. You can try to disconnect and reconnect to it. This should help fix any minor bugs that may be causing the problem.
Step 1: Right-click the Start button and select Settings from the list. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + I to quickly open Settings.
Step 2: Switch to the Network & Internet tab on the left. Then tap on Wi-Fi.
Step 3: Click Manage known networks.
Step 4: Click the Forget button next to your network’s name to remove it.
Step 5: Go back to the Wi-Fi settings menu and tap Show available networks to expand it. Select your Wi-Fi network and click Connect.
4. Update or reinstall Network Adapter Drivers.
A faulty network adapter driver can cause such errors. Try updating existing network adapter drivers to see if that helps.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start icon and select Device Manager from the list.
Step 2: Double-click Network adapters to expand it. Right-click your network adapter and select Update driver.
From there, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the network driver update.
If there is a problem, The network adapter driver may be corrupted or damaged. In that case, You will have to uninstall the problematic driver.
Then restart your PC, and Windows should install the missing network adapter driver at boot. After that, Can you find an option to change the network profile type in the settings app?
5. Modify the Settings app.
Issues with the Windows 11 Settings app can cause the network profile type option to disappear. If that seems to be the case, You can try repairing the Settings app. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the search menu; Enter it. Settingsand select the app settings option.
Step 2: Scroll down to the Reset section and click on the Repair button.
If the problem persists even after this, You can try resetting the Settings app from the same menu. After that, You will see an option to change the network profile type as before.
Changing the Network Profile Type in Windows
Hope you can restore network profile type in Windows 11. If not, You may have to change the network profile type via Windows PowerShell or Registry Editor.