Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Whether connecting to a wired device, like a keyboard or speaker, or a wireless device, like a mouse, printer, or display, the computer and the device are connected through a network link and operate with the help of a medium like a USB port (Universal Serial Bus), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or radio frequency, and through network profile, wireless network adapter. Connecting a new device to a computer can be incredibly painful sometimes as it displays the message of Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device. If you are also dealing with the same problem, you are at the right place. We bring you a perfect guide that will help you fix Windows 10 network profile missing problem. Before that, let’s quickly understand a little about Network Profile.

Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

How to Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Network profiles are used to set up how machines connect over networks. To establish a connection with other devices, a network profile is needed that interacts with the other devices and stores essential network settings, security, and other relevant data.

Below listed are some of the reasons behind the missing error problem:

  • Outdated or faulty driver
  • Change in the network profile type
  • The problem could be the device itself or the USB port

But don’t worry, we have a few solutions to fix the Windows 10 Network Profile Missing. First and foremost, ensure that the device to which you are trying to connect is compatible with your system. For example, USB 3.0 devices will not function properly with the older USB 2.0 ports. Therefore, check the device’s website for system requirements.

Now, we have shown the troubleshooting methods to fix Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device issue.

Method 1: Switch to Private Network Profile

The PC is hidden from other devices on the same network when using the public network profile. Private network profiles, on the other hand, allow visibility to other nearby devices. Here’s how you can make your network profile visible:

1. Hit the Windows + I keys simultaneously to launch the Settings.

2. Click on Network & Internet setting.

Click on Network and Internet

3. Select the connected network and then click on Properties.

click on the Properties

4. Switch from Public to Private Network Profile.

Choose Private network profile option

5. Finally, reboot the PC.

Also Read: Fix Computers Not Showing Up on Network in Windows 10

Method 2: Update Device Driver

If the same error message appears of Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device, the problem could also lie in the particular device driver. To fix the Windows 10 network profile missing, try updating the driver of the specific device. Read our guide on how to update Device Drivers on Windows 10.

Click on Update driver. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Method 3: Run Network Adapter Troubleshooter

Still facing the Windows 10 network profile missing problem, you can try the network adapter troubleshooter. Read our guide on How to Troubleshoot Network Connectivity problems on Windows 10.

Run the troubleshooter for Network adapters

Method 4: Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

If after running the network troubleshooter, the said issue still persists, then you can run the appropriate troubleshooter for the device you are trying to connect to. For example, if you are having trouble connecting to a keyboard, select the keyboard troubleshooter, which will identify and resolve the issue. Get rid of the error message Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device by performing this method. Read our guide Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to fix issues.

Run Hardware and devices troubleshooter. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Also Read: How to Reset Network Settings on Windows 10

Method 5: Reinstall Device Driver

Some problems go undetected because of corrupted data files or unknown causes. We recommend reinstalling the driver with fresh settings using this method. To uninstall and reinstall the driver, read our guide on how to uninstall and reinstall drivers on Windows 10.

right click on the driver and then click on uninstall device. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

Method 6: Modify Network Profile

If your network profile has not changed yet, or you can’t find the option to do so, here’s an alternative method to switch from a public to a private profile.

Option I: Through Registry Editor

1. Press the Windows key, type registry editor, and click on Run as administrator.

Go to the search menu and type Registry editor. Then, click on Run as administrator.

2. Click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

click on yes to give permission. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

3. Double-click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder.

double click on HKEY LOCAL MACHINE

4. Expand the SOFTWARE folder and then click on the Microsoft key folder.

double click on software and then microsoft. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

5. Scroll down and go to the Windows NT > CurrentVersion key folder.

double click on windowsNT and then CurrentVersion

6. Scroll down again and expand the NetworkList key folder. Then expand Profiles folder and click on the profile name.

double click on Network and then profiles then click on the profile name. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

7. Double-click on the Category value.

double click on category

8. Change the Value data from 0 to 1. Then, click on OK.

change the value data from 0 to 1

Also Read: Fix Windows 10 Netwtw04.sys Blue Screen Error

Option II: Through Windows PowerShell

Similar to the above method, this is also an alternative method to switch from a public to a private profile to fix Windows 10 network profile missing issue.

1. Press the Windows key, type PowerShell, and click on Open.

launch Windows PowerShell. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

2. Type the Get-NetConnectionProfile command and press the Enter key to check your network profile.

type the following command in powershell. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

3. To change it to private, type the following command and press the Enter key.

Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name Network -InterfaceIndex 10 -NetworkCategory Private

Note: Replace the InterfaceIndex number in the command according to your system.

type the following command in powershell

4. Finally, check if Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device issue is resolved.

Option III: Through Local Security Policy

1. Press the Windows key, type local, and click on Local Security Policy.

open Local Security Policy

2. Click on Network List Manager Policies.

click on Network list manager policies. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

3. Select the connected Network and double-click on it.

double click on network

4. Go to the Network Location section.

switch to network location tab. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

5. Choose the Private option.

choose private location type. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

6. Click on Apply and then click on OK.

Also Read: Fix No WiFi Networks Found in Windows 10

Method 7: Modify SNMP Service Settings

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) provides network managers with information about the devices that are connected to the network. To resolve the Windows 10 network profile missing issue, we will use this method to check the status of SNMP and enable automatic startup.

1. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type services.msc and press Enter key to open Services window.

type services.msc and press enter key

3. Right-click on SNMP trap it and then click on Properties.

select SNMP Trap properties. Fix Windows 10 Network Profile Missing Problem

4. From the Startup type drop-down menu, switch to Automatic mode as illustrated below.

change startup type to automatic

5. Click on Apply and then click on OK.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to fix Windows 10 network profile missing problem. Let us know which method worked for you best. If you have any queries or suggestions, then feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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