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Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter is gone


mrseth

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#1
Hi Folks,

I am using Windows 8.1. I was having problems while trying to host a wireless network off of my laptop, using a program called Virtual Router. I went through a variety of troubleshooting steps recommended online, with no luck. In the end, I thought that the culprit may have been some problem with "Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter", a piece of hardware that only shows up in Device Manager when you click on view->show hidden devices. The troubleshooting tips had recommended updating the driver for it. I checked to see if the drivers were up to date. Windows said they were fine, so I figured that the next step would be to uninstall and reinstall "Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter". I right clicked and selected uninstall. The device disappeared from my device list. I searched for new hardware that needed to be installed, with no luck. I was surprised by this. Then, I noticed something listed as "Unknown device" at the bottom of the network adapters list. I have tried to update driver software and scan for hardware changes. Windows doesn't seem to know what it is, and is saying that it needs me to direct it to a particular file, on a disk. I have no such file, and searches of the internet to find it turn up nothing.

Does anyone know where I can find the driver? Or does anyone know how I can restore "Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter" in my list of devices?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

broe23

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#3
There is no driver. The Virtual Hosted Adapter is a part of the software you installed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

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mrseth

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#5
Hi broe23,

I tried installing and reinstalling. This does not restore the Microsoft Hosted Virtual Network Adapter.

I'm not saying that you're necessarily wrong about this being installed by the software itself, but the reality that reinstalling hasn't solved the problem, and there is still an "unknown device" at the end of my list of network adapters makes me a bit skeptical.

In any case, I welcome any further suggestions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

broe23

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You are going to have to research on it. Best place to go is microsoft.com. Do a search on the subject you posted, and then you will get the info on what that virtual device does.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.