This actually might be a strange question to ask. It's not affecting anything but I do feel a bit awkward to see my Ethernet connection named as "Derek 2". It can be seen that there is no other networks named as "Derek" so I really want to know if there's a way for me to rename my Ethernet connection.

Screenshot of my network connections

Screenshot of Network and Sharing center


I've finally solved this problem by deleting network profiles from regedit.

Source: http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1101977-windows-8-rename-network/

The network profiles are stored under: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\

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    Thank you - your answer worked but don't forget to reboot. You can also RegEdit search for "Network 2" - notice that is TWO spaces. – Daniel Sokolowski Jul 31 '13 at 3:24
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    @DanielSokolowski for pointing out the two spaces. Silly html kills the second one and without you saying it I wouldn't have realized – Eben Sep 12 '14 at 22:03
  • So it turns out that on my Windows 8.1 machine it was only one space. And the key was at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Network\ but searching for the name got me there easily. – Eben Sep 12 '14 at 22:10
  • Perfect! This is the only solution that worked! Thanks! – marcolopes Apr 7 '16 at 18:04

You have more than one network profile stored on your machine for the same network.

If you go to....Control Panel>>Network and Sharing Center.....under your active network you can see the icon that might look like a house or office building. Clicking on this will take you to the network properties page. From here you can rename the network or change the icon. But to keep this from happening again, you can also merge or delete network locations from this configuration box as well. You can either delete "Derek" and Derek 2"...and than rejoin your network...or just merge the two.

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    Actually I haven't seen any icon that might look like a house or office building... – derekhh Mar 28 '13 at 21:04
  • I've added a screenshot of my network and sharing center... – derekhh Mar 28 '13 at 21:05
  • AH, overlooked Windows 8 – Pretzel Mar 28 '13 at 21:11
  • You can simply rename the connection under change adapter settings – Pretzel Mar 28 '13 at 21:18
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    Renaming actually does not solve the problem. When you rename the Ethernet connection in Windows 8, you are renaming the "Ethernet" part, not "Derek 2". It's extremely weird... – derekhh Mar 28 '13 at 21:41

Right-click network icon in the notification area and choose Network and Sharing Center. In the left pane, click Change adapter settings. Rename adapters there and that's it, reboot if you can't see changes instantly.

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    Does not eliminate extra network profiles or these "hidden devices" – Pretzel Mar 28 '13 at 21:50
  • Go to devmgmt.msc, press View > Show Hidden Devices, then uninstall the corresponding hidden device. This will automatically elimitate the extra network profiles and hidden devices preventing you from renaming adapters. – Henry Chan Dec 31 '14 at 10:27

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