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Accidentally uninstalled Microsoft virtual network adapter

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    Accidentally uninstalled Microsoft virtual network adapter

    I have been getting this error while trying to start a hosted network - "The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    Going through forums, some of them suggested me to disable and renable the "Microsoft Virtual Network Adapter" from the device manager. Unfortunately, doing so didn't solve my problem. Then I uninstalled the driver, hoping I could reinstall it again, but to my surprise, I'm unable to find the driver to reinstall. So I'm stuck here

    Kindly help me!

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2

    Did you try a restore point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Did you try a restore point?
    No, I haven't created any restore points(unless windows does it automatically :S)

    Is reinstalling the windows the only solution?
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    windows 8.1

    System Restore is your best bet. Windows and some software apps create system restore points. So check.

    When Windows detects plug and play h/w, it attempts to reinstall the driver. "Virtual" devices are software devices (not real). Virtual devices and legacy non-plug and play h/w don't get reinstalled on their own.

    But if sys restore doesn't work, i have an idea we can try... Though even if it installs the virtual device - you may still be back to original problem
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