Friday, May 11, 2012

Windows 7: Changing network location after initial connection

I have compared Lion to Vista, but that's really an overstatement. As bad as Lion is, it's better than Win 7 which is better than Vista.

Today's Win 7 problem has to do with Win 7's well intended network location security. When you first connect to a WiFi network Win 7 asks you to choose a network location. If you choose Public some network tools won't work -- including my corporate RSA IE toolbar.

After you connect, however, it's not obvious how to switch from Public to Work. The secret is to

  • Go to Control Panel:Network and Internet:Network and Sharing Center
  • Click on the hyperlink-like text that says "Public"
  • In the new window choose Work or other trusted network

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