Why can not I change the network type to a Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008?

For Windows 7 network types, the secret lies in the GATEWAY entry. Any network you connect on that doesn’t have a DEFAULT GATEWAY provided with, becomes PUBLIC and you cannot change it’s type.

The solution is simple, specify the DEFAULT GATEWAY IP in the network properties and you are done.

There had been other suggestions like requesting the system to treat any future networks to be PRIVATE/WORK, but that will make a serious security issue if your computer is exposed in an environment that cannot really be trsuted, so, don’t do that.

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