Microsoft Windows Ghost Network Adapters in Device Manager

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How to Remove Microsoft Windows Ghost Adapters

Within a virtual environment it is common to easily add and remove network adapters to a Windows Server. However sometimes these network adapters do not get removed properly and can cause issues.

Simply going into Device Manager and selecting View – Show hidden devices does not always display the removed NIC.

1. First up open a new admin command prompt (run as administrator)

2. Type in C:>set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

3. Now open up Device Manager (Start – Run – devmgmt.msc)

4. Click on the View Menu and select Show Hidden Devices

5. Expand Network Adapters and you will see the Network Cards that you previously removed


Windows Hidden Network Card

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