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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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Accidentally uninstalled Microsoft virtual network adapter
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