Enable Network Discovery In Windows 10 Creators Edition Without Using The netsh Command In PowerShell

#Enable Network Discovery In Windows 10 Creator Edition Without Using The netsh Command In PowerShell

#It is as simple as enabling  the preconfigured rule in Windows Firewall to enable Network Discovery in Windows 10 Creators Edition and Windows 10 Anniversary Edition but using netsh is the old fashion way.

#Run just this one command in an elevated PowerShell prompt to enable Network Discovery

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled true -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#The Longer Story…

#Enabling the Network Discovery services it what makes the Network icon (formally My Network Places) work properly. These commands all work in both PowerShell and PowerShell Direct.

#Get Firewall rules for Network Discovery

#This command shows the individual rules and the network connection profiles that  are explicitly enabled and disabled for Network Discovery.

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#Enable Network Discovery for Private and Domain network profiles

#Enable the Network Discovery service for the Private and Domain network profiles by applying the preconfigured Windows Firewall group rule called Network Discovery by typing this:

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled true -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#▲It will look like that in the GUI setup when Network Discovery is enabled.

#Set Network Connection Profile to Private.

#I set the variable $InterfaceAlias to automatically query my primary network interface or NIC. The -NlMtuBytes 1500 switch is what makes it work. If you have changed the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) from the defaults then this command will need to be modified:

$InterfaceAlias = (Get-NetIPInterface -AddressFamily IPv4 -ConnectionState Connected -NlMtuBytes 1500 -Verbose) #this works for me to automatically identify my nic - mtu 1500 may vary
Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex $InterfaceAlias.ifIndex -NetworkCategory Private -PassThru #change network connection profile to private

#Disable Network Discovery for all network profiles

#Run this command to disable Network Discovery on all network profiles if you do not wish to keep the service available.

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Enabled false -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#▲It will look like that in the GUI setup when Network Discovery is disabled.

Open Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here From Right-Click Context Menu Instead Of Command Prompt Here As Administrator In Windows 10 Creators Edition

#Open Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here From Right-Click Context Menu Instead Of Command Prompt Here As Administrator In Windows 10 Creators Edition

#Run these commands to enable an elevated Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here also known as PowerShell Here as Administrator when right clicking on a folder in Windows Explorer. These commands all work in both PowerShell and PowerShell Direct.

#Just the code:

New-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas -Verbose -Force|ft -a
Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas|Set-ItemProperty -Name '(default)' -Value 'Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here' -Verbose -PassThru|fl
Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas|Set-ItemProperty -Name Icon -Value 'C:\\Windows\\System32\\imageres.dll,-78' -Verbose -PassThru|fl
New-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command -Verbose -Force|ft -a
Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command|Set-ItemProperty -Name '(default)' -Value '"C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoExit cd "%1"' -Verbose -PassThru|fl

#The Long Story…

#HKCR: does not work in this example and you do not need to mount first. This method accesses the registry directly. Many instructions say to use New-PSDrive to mount HKCR: first and use that convention to access it to do many things but none of that is needed.

#Get-PSDrive will show you what is mounted.

Get-PSDrive

#▲As you can see there is no HKCR:

#Moving on…

#If done properly launching Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here will trigger a UAC prompt. This is normal and good. Create all the keys and values by typing the following commands in order:

New-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas -Verbose -Force|ft -a

Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas|Set-ItemProperty -Name '(default)' -Value 'Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here' -Verbose -PassThru|fl

Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas|Set-ItemProperty -Name Icon -Value 'C:\\Windows\\System32\\imageres.dll,-78' -Verbose -PassThru|fl

New-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command -Verbose -Force|ft -a

Get-Item Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command|Set-ItemProperty -Name '(default)' -Value '"C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoExit cd "%1"' -Verbose -PassThru|fl

#This works when right-clicking only on folders in Windows Explorer and not drives or drive letters.

#Create the User’s file folder (from the Desktop Experience feature) on the Desktop of all new and current users

#Run this to create the User’s file folder (from the Desktop Experience Feature) on the Desktop of all new and current users. After that you will always have a folder nearby to single right-click on to launch an Elevated PowerShell Prompt Here session.

Get-ItemProperty Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel|Set-ItemProperty -Name '{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}' -Value 0 #Show User Data Folder icon on all Desktops - Applies to Local Machine / All Users

Enable Hyper-V Role In Windows 10 Creators Edition Professional, Enterprise And Education Vs. Android Emulators

#Enable The Hyper-V Role in Windows 10 Creators Edition Professional, Enterprise Or Education Using PowerShell

#If this is the first time, and if if this will be the only time enabling the Hyper-V role in Windows 10 Creators Edition,then this PowerShell command is all you need. If you need to switch Hyper-V on and off without removing the role then download Hyper-V Switch.

#Enable The Hyper-V Role Using PowerShell

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

#Disable The Hyper-V Role Using PowerShell

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V

#The Long Story…

#Continue reading if you are having issues or are using a conflicting emulator and getting the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

Having Issues Enabling Hyper-V Role In Windows 10 Creators Edition Professional, Enterprise Or Education?

Check Requirements

  • Windows 10 Enterprise, Professional, or Education
  • 64-bit Processor with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • CPU support for VM Monitor Mode Extension (VT-c on Intel CPU’s)
  • Minimum of 4 GB memory

NOTE: The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home.

OK so beyond those requirements lies a different issue many are facing with the advent of Android based virtual machines or emulators.

BlueStacks Android Emulator and Andy Android Emulator both crash on load every time the Hyper-V role is active.  It looks like both used to work together before the Anniversary Edition update broke the support of Hyper-V and other emulators running at the same time. Here is the bulletin from BlueStacks regarding this issue.

I  want my computer to run everything and work right all the time, so I tried to install x86Android Android Emulator in Hyper-V as an alternative. Once I finally was able to get an older version to work; I found the touchscreen support / controls were unusable for my needs. The controls were beyond garbage. I may revisit that scenario and try for a more complete configuration but BlueStacks Android Emulator is just so much more user friendly on every level. For now, I switch back and forth between a Hyper-V and a BlueStacks setup.

Here is what I found to switch Hyper-V on and off.  Previously, I was removing the Hyper-V role and adding it again when needed, but a caveat of doing that is the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager settings are lost in the process. The settings need to be recreated and reattached to each virtual machine, every time the role is switched.


!!!Hyper-V Switch To The Rescue!!!

Calm down. This utility doesn’t allow Hyper-V to run simultaneously with VMWare, but this great tool I found at least saves a reboot (it takes two reboots if you add and remove the Hyper-V role). Also, I don’t have to reconfigure Virtual Switch Manager every time I do it. This program automates a bcdedit process to disable Hyper-V without removing the Hyper-V role as part of the process.

Use Hyper-V Switch to toggle Hyper-V support on and off when using other emulators like BlueStacks to keep it fast and simple. I saved it to my Desktop and edited the executable file to Run as Administrator just to be sure it has the rights needed. You can also single right-click on the executable file or shortcut and then single left-click on Run as Administrator every time.

https://github.com/ygoe/HyperVSwitch – Download from GitHub

http://unclassified.software/apps/hypervswitch – Hyper-V Switch Website


#Enable The Hyper-V Role Using PowerShell

#For the first and if the only time enabling the Hyper-V role then the command  below is all you need.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

#Enable Hyper-V and all features.

#Type y and press Enter


#Disable The Hyper-V Role Using PowerShell

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V

#Disable Hyper-V and all features

#Type y and press Enter


Manually Enable Hyper-V From The GUI

Windows Key-R to bring up the Run box.

Type optionalfeatures.exe and single left-click OK to execute (just means to run) optionalfeatures.exe. This method actually allows for more control of the Hyper-V installation since you can deselect unneeded features. For example, some people may not have any need for the Hyper-V Module for Windows PowerShell module if they don’t use PowerShell  or PowerShell Direct to administer any virtual machines.

Single left-click to select the Hyper-V option. Single left-click the Plus sign to expand if you need to select or deselect any of the default features. I use all the Hyper-V features so PowerShell for this installation works just fine for me. The end goal is to avoid moving my mouse as much as possible.