Guide to Network and Sharing Center in Windows

Network and Sharing center holds all the information related to your Internet connectivity. It is better to know about it as this info comes in handy in many cases.

People love to do their office or assignment-related work either on PCs or laptops. These devices work quite efficiently and make people grab their attention related to any task regarding work or assignment. There are several features that these devices possess as compared to OS and iOS devices like remote desktop, multiple tasks on one screen, quick network access, and so on. Well, the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7, 8, 10 are considered one of the most useful settings that allow you to stay in touch with the internet to do your office work quite easily and efficiently. 

Moreover, it also allows its users to view network connections, modify settings and manage access to various network resources. But, sometimes there occurs an error, and people messed up around the network settings. Most people don’t know how to solve this error and if you are one of them then, don’t get worried. We will help you out of this issue and in this article, we will mention tell you how to access the Network and Sharing Center to solve the connection issue. So, let’s go ahead!

Access the Network and Sharing Center

To find a way to access the Network and Sharing Center follow the steps given below:

  1. Head to the Start Menu and search the Windows Settings option (Alternatively, head to the Start Menu and search the Network and Sharing Center in a search bar and click it).
  2. Open the Windows Settings app by pressing the “Win + I” keys on your keyboard then, navigate to the “Network and Internet” settings option.
  3. Click the Status option placed on the left side and scroll down then, click the “Network and Sharing Center” link placed on the right side. Hence, it will open up a new window.

Moreover, you can access this option by following this path: Click Start Menu > search Control Panel > then, click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center in File Explorer to open the settings in Control Panel (alternatively right-click anywhere on a window screen > click Control Panel > then, click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center).

Run Network and Sharing Center from Command Prompt

Network and Sharing Center

You can run Network and Sharing Center from Command Prompt by following the simple steps:

For Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Menu option
  2. In the Start menu, click the All Programs or Programs option
  3. All programs installed on the computer are displayed then, click Accessories option from it
  4. Click Command Prompt option then, input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Command Prompt and press enter to open up the Network and Sharing Center.

For Windows 8:

  1. Press the Windows key then, type the All Apps option, and press Enter
  2. The window that opens has a full list of programs installed on the computer then, click the Accessories option from it
  3. Click Command Prompt option then, input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Command Prompt and press enter.

For Windows 10,11:

  1. Click the Start Menu option (or press the Windows key)
  2. All programs on the computer are displayed on the Start menu and search All apps option, click it. 
  3. Launch Command Prompt as administrator
  4. Now, input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Command Prompt and press enter.

Start from Windows PowerShell

Windows Powershell

You can Start Network and Sharing Center from Windows PowerShell by following the simple steps:

For Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Menu option
  2. In the Start menu, click the All Programs or Programs option
  3. All programs installed on the computer are displayed then, click Accessories option from it
  4. Then, choose the Windows PowerShell option and input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the  Windows PowerShell and press enter to open up the Network and Sharing Center.

For Windows 8:

  1. Press the Windows key then, type the All Apps option, and press Enter
  2. The window that opens has a full list of programs installed on the computer then, click the Accessories option from it
  3. Then, choose the Windows PowerShell option and input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the Windows PowerShell and press enter to open up the Network and Sharing Center.

For Windows 10:

  1. Click the Start Menu option (or press the Windows key)
  2. All programs on the computer are displayed on the Start menu and search All apps option, click it. 
  3. Expand and search out the Windows PowerShell option, click it
  4. Now, input control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in the  Windows PowerShell and press enter to open Network and Sharing Center.

Access via Run dialogue box

Run dialogue box

You can access the Network and Sharing Center by using the Run dialogue box and following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Head to the Start Menu and search the Run option and click it (alternatively, press Win+R keys together on your keyboard to get access to a Run box). 
  2. Now, type control.exe /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter in a search bar of a Run dialogue box and press Enter to begin the Network and Sharing Center.

That’s it. We have told you a few different ways to access these settings. It’s time to tell you more about it in the upcoming section. So, let’s go ahead!

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What is a Private or Public network?

When you open up this option then from any method, the first thing that appears is your current connection to the network and the Internet. In Windows 7, there are a couple of more options and has more information while in Windows 8 or 10, it cleaned up the interface by getting rid of a couple of items and combining other items. These windows have less info displayed. 

Moreover, when you are connected to a private or home network, a lot of sharing settings are set by default to be trusting which indicates that others can find your PC on the network, possibly access shared folders, stream media from your PC, and so on. However, when connect to a public WiFi network, it will use the Public profile, not the private. Sometimes, Windows will ask you if you enable sharing or find devices when you connect to a network, and if you choose yes, it will make the network private (if no then, public network).

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