How to change the network connection priority in Windows 7

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Summary

This article briefly explains how to change the priority of network connections in Windows 7 so that they follow a specific connection order.

Steps to change the network connection priority in Windows 7


  1. Click Start and, in the search field, type View network connections.

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  2. Press the ALT key, click Advanced Options and then click Advanced Settings...

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  3. Select Local Area Connection and click the green arrows to give priority to the desired connection.

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  4. After organizing the network connections available according to your preferences, click OK.
  5. The computer will now follow an order of priority when detecting available connections.


Steps to change wireless network connection priority in Windows 7

The computer can detect more than one wireless network at a time. This article explains how to prioritize the wireless network you want to connect to first.

  1. Click Start and, in the search field, type Network and Sharing Center.

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  2. In Network and Sharing Center, click Manage wireless networks.

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  3. Click the connection to be given priority (e.g. Connection 2 has less priority than Connection 1), and then click Move up.

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  4. The next time it is detecting the networks, the computer will give more priority to Connection 2 than to Connection 1.


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Article ID: 2526067 - Last Review: February 7, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
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