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Accidentally uninstalled Microsoft virtual network adapter


#1
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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    Windows 10
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
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    8192MB RAM
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    Nvidia GTX970M

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#2
Did you try a restore point?
 

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#3
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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Alienware 15
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.5GHz
    Memory
    8192MB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX970M
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#4
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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    windows 8.1