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Disable Plug and Play (PnP) device


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#1
Hi, I need to disable the Ethernet device ion win8.1 so that it always only uses WiFi. I can't just unplug the RJ45 as it is a dual boot PC and the other OS needs the Network.

I tried using the Network Center to set the Ethernet as Disabled. On reboot win8.1 enabled it again itself.
I then tried going to the Device Manager and un-installing the Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet. Reboot and it again installed and connected.

If it comes to it, I am also OK with disabling PNP for all devices on the win8.1 system.

How can I disable PNP for a specific device or all devices?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V5
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    6GB
    Hard Drives
    240GB Sandisk SSD
    Internet Speed
    4G/LTE

MilesAhead

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Did you try setting it to disabled in Device Manager? I have Windows 8.0 and it shows a Disable command in the context menu for my wired network adapter. But 8.1 could be different.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

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