Windows Network Location Dialog

Windows uses Network Location Awareness service to show network location dialog when detected network changed, and it will write network list in registry under

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

Each profile has a value named Category which 0 means Public, 1 means Home and 2 means Work. Windows also saves gateway MAC address, DNS suffix of the profiles under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures


Network location dialog can be disabled per computer by creating following registry key (no value or sub key)


or can be disabled per user by add a 32-bit DWORD value named Show with value 0 at

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Network\NwCategoryWizard


Posted on November 27, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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