We are deploying computers offsite to several sites in small workgroup (i.e. non-domain) environments. The computers have a single network card and no loopback adapter.
The problem is that when we ship the PCs and they connect to their new network, Windows defaults to Public Network and wants me to set the Network Location. Until this is set we cannot connect remotely.
What I need is a way to force it to always select "Work Network".
I tried this: Force network location to "Work network" in Windows 7 (with a reboot after applying) but the Network And Sharing Center still shows "Public Network" when I connect to a new network.
Also, to repeatedly test this, how do I delete the list of networks already connected to, to force Windows to re-analyze a network connection the next time I connect?
Using Windows 7 Professional SP1