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How to install Microsoft Loopback Adapter

    Question

  • I want to install the Microsoft Lookback Adapter in Windows 7. I have done this under Vista either via:

    1) Control Panel, Classic View, Add Hardware

    2) Device Manager, right click on root node and select Add Legacy Hardware

    I can't find the equivalent under Windows 7 - any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Friday, January 23, 2009 8:47 PM

Answers

  • I found the, or a, solution:

    The key step I was missing was how to find the Hardware Wizard:

    1. Click the Start menu.
    2. Search for “cmd".
    3. Right-click on “cmd” and select “Run as Administrator”
    4. Enter “hdwwiz.exe”

    From that point on it's the same approach as under Vista, i.e.:

    1. In the "Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard", click Next.
    2. Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)" and click Next.
    3. Scroll down and select "Network adapters" and click Next.
    4. Select under Manufacturer "Microsoft" and then under Network Adapter "Microsoft Loopback Adapter" and click Next.

    I've tested this and it's working for me (connecting the host to a VPC using the loopback adapter).

    • Proposed as answer by Frop Saturday, January 24, 2009 1:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by OthorvathMVP, Moderator Saturday, January 24, 2009 9:36 PM
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:40 AM

All replies

  • You're absolutely right, I can't find it anywhere either. I wonder where they hid this time.
    Friday, January 23, 2009 9:02 PM
  • I found the, or a, solution:

    The key step I was missing was how to find the Hardware Wizard:

    1. Click the Start menu.
    2. Search for “cmd".
    3. Right-click on “cmd” and select “Run as Administrator”
    4. Enter “hdwwiz.exe”

    From that point on it's the same approach as under Vista, i.e.:

    1. In the "Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard", click Next.
    2. Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)" and click Next.
    3. Scroll down and select "Network adapters" and click Next.
    4. Select under Manufacturer "Microsoft" and then under Network Adapter "Microsoft Loopback Adapter" and click Next.

    I've tested this and it's working for me (connecting the host to a VPC using the loopback adapter).

    • Proposed as answer by Frop Saturday, January 24, 2009 1:56 PM
    • Marked as answer by OthorvathMVP, Moderator Saturday, January 24, 2009 9:36 PM
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:40 AM
  • Great stuff, gdavi. Thanks.
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 1:57 PM
  • gdavi, you saved my day. Thank you very much.
    Alexandre Paiva, MCT
    Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:42 PM
  • 1)Start ControlPanel

    2)Select "small icons" from "View by"

    3)Open "Device Manager"

    4)Use right mouse key to click the device tree root and select "Add Legacy Hardware" and here you go

    • Proposed as answer by Jing Ma Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:58 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Jing Ma Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:58 AM
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:15 PM
  • Thanks, I already had this beast installed, removed it later, and forgot the steps to install it again: hdwwiz.cpl apparently wasn't what I wanted. In this thread gdavi explains that I actually need hdwwiz.exe (not .cpl), and Strong Q explains that it doesn't matter if you right click on the root of the devices in hdwwiz.cpl (resulting in the same hdwwiz.exe dialogue).

    And now I have to figure out how to use the loopback device from a VPC guest. 

    Monday, July 25, 2011 11:23 AM
  • thanx 
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:18 AM
  • Thanky you very much. Your infomation "How to install Microsoft Loopback Adapeter in windows 7?" was very helpful.

     

    Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:14 PM
  • I have a video that covers the steps to install the Microsoft Loopback Adapter in Windows 7.  Hope this helps...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9674zGHxrE

     


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    Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:01 PM
  • Thank you, Your answer helped a lot.
    Thursday, December 08, 2011 2:36 AM
  • thanks
    Friday, February 17, 2012 1:12 PM
  • I want to install the Microsoft Lookback Adapter in Windows 7.

    But after 4.Select under Manufacturer "Microsoft" and then under Network Adapter "Microsoft Loopback Adapter" and click Next.

    A error messagebox tell me "there is not enough system resource to complete the requested service. "

    Sunday, February 26, 2012 5:00 PM
  • Thanks

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 6:06 AM
  • Thank you!
    Sunday, July 29, 2012 10:50 PM
  • Thank you very much Giles!

    It worked for me!

    Friday, August 31, 2012 3:08 PM
  • In order to make use of the newly installed loopback address, an entry can be added to the file:

    %SystemRoot%\drivers\etc\hosts

    • Use the command 'ipconfig' to identify the loopback address
    • Use "Run as administrator" to start notepad.exe
    • Open %SystemRoot%\drivers\etc\hosts
    • Add a line with the loopback address and appropriate names for your domain
    • 169.254.222.118 hanklb.example.com hanklb
    • Save the hosts file

    ping hanklb

    Thursday, July 04, 2013 1:40 PM
  • hey, its works.

    Thanks to support

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 6:30 PM
  • Works perfect! Thanks!
    Monday, September 23, 2013 2:50 PM