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I Disabled The Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter In Windows 8

So you’re using Windows 8 as a WiFi repeater (or base station) after following the instructions in this blog post. Now you’re having a few troubles in Windows 8 and you think you’ll be smart and disable the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor and just re-start it in the hope your problems will disappear.

You start off by disabling the adaptor…

Disabling the virtual adaptor

Disabling the virtual adaptor

Now it is no longer listed in the Network Connections window. How do you get it back?

Open the Device Manager. It won’t be displayed there. But select “Show hidden devices” and the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor will be displayed.

Select "Show hidden devices" from Device Manager menu

Select “Show hidden devices” from Device Manager menu

Then right-click on the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adaptor and choose “Enable”.

Enable the virtual adaptor

Enable the virtual adaptor

Now this won’t appear straight away in the Network Connections window but rest assured that when you run:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

.. the virtual adaptor will re-appear in the Network Connections tab again (and don’t forget to re-set the network sharing if you were sharing an existing connection before-hand).

2 responses to “I Disabled The Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter In Windows 8

  1. will April 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank u very much it helped a lot

  2. WhiteSkull RG December 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Thank I was already going crazy looking

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