Microsoft started updating the network selection window in Windows 10 build 9860, removing the old flyout from the charms list and replacing it with a window which opened PC settings. Many consider this change a step backwards, and technically it is as Microsoft isn’t done with the new implementation yet. For those who wish to return to the old method, we’ve got a tutorial for you.
Originally spotted by SpaceCore on Twitter, this hack requires editing the registry, so if you’re a novice at changing registry strings we advise you do not try this at home. To get the old flyout back in Windows 10 build 9860 and 9879, follow the instructions below:
- Open regedit (WIN+R and type regedit.exe)
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\Settings\Network
- Take ownership of the “Network” key/folder (right click, Permissions)
- Select “Advanced” in the Permissions window
- In the Advanced window, select “Change” where the owner field is (at the top of the window)
- Type in your username and save your changes.
- Close the advanced window
- Now select “Administrators” in the security tab
- Make sure “Full control” is selected, then apply changes
- Now that’s done, double click “ReplaceVan”
- Change it’s value from 1 to 0
Once that’s done, you’ll have the old flyout network selector back. It’s unclear why Microsoft decided to implement the new, unfinished version of the network selector so early, especially since the old methos still works in these early builds.