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Uninstall Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter Permanantly

    Question

  • How do I permanantly remove this pos from my laptop? It's giving me errors, when I hit the wireless button (to enable/disable) on the laptop half the time it disables the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter, not my laptops wireless, I can't connect to APs properly with it running, takes 5 or 6 tries of disabling everything and reenabling.

     

    Didnt have a single issue until this was installed secretly on my machine.

     

    MS post proper solution to PERMANANTLY remove this useless device that just breaks everything.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:41 PM

Answers

  • I finally found out how to uninstall the microsoft wifi miniport adapter its so easy all you do is go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"  also no quotes. at first i thought this was disabling it same as right clicking and disable but actually it disables the service and the microsoft wifi miniport is gone. for some reason its mode gets set to allow instated of disallow  and when you uninstall it it reappears and messes up the networking, example, printers,wifi routers,etc.

    theres no way to uninstall it because it part of windows 7 for sharing wifi. IT WORKS TRY IT.

    its not a bug in windows 7. wow 

    • Proposed as answer by test tyler Monday, February 28, 2011 7:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Allister Wade Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:12 PM
    Monday, February 28, 2011 7:03 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    The “microsoft virtual wifi miniport adapter” is related to a new feature in Windows 7, Wireless Hosted Network:

     

    About the Wireless Hosted Network

     

    This device is just a virtual device and it should not affect connecting the wireless network with the physical wireless adapter .

     

    However, if you would like to disable it, please use the command in above article.

     

    Thanks,

    Novak

    • Marked as answer by Novak Wu Monday, May 24, 2010 2:16 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Allister Wade Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:12 PM
    Friday, May 14, 2010 7:06 AM
  • I finally found out how to uninstall the microsoft wifi miniport adapter its so easy all you do is go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"  also no quotes. at first i thought this was disabling it same as right clicking and disable but actually it disables the service and the microsoft wifi miniport is gone. for some reason its mode gets set to allow instated of disallow  and when you uninstall it it reappears and messes up the networking, example, printers,wifi routers,etc.

    theres no way to uninstall it because it part of windows 7 for sharing wifi. IT WORKS TRY IT.

    its not a bug in windows 7. wow     

    • Proposed as answer by Anomaly0617 Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:13 PM
    Monday, February 28, 2011 6:57 PM
  • I finally found out how to uninstall the microsoft wifi miniport adapter its so easy all you do is go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"  also no quotes. at first i thought this was disabling it same as right clicking and disable but actually it disables the service and the microsoft wifi miniport is gone. for some reason its mode gets set to allow instated of disallow  and when you uninstall it it reappears and messes up the networking, example, printers,wifi routers,etc.

    theres no way to uninstall it because it part of windows 7 for sharing wifi. IT WORKS TRY IT.

    its not a bug in windows 7. wow 

    • Proposed as answer by yellow_astra Monday, May 21, 2012 6:27 AM
    Monday, February 28, 2011 7:01 PM
  • I finally found out how to uninstall the microsoft wifi miniport adapter its so easy all you do is go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"  also no quotes. at first i thought this was disabling it same as right clicking and disable but actually it disables the service and the microsoft wifi miniport is gone. for some reason its mode gets set to allow instated of disallow  and when you uninstall it it reappears and messes up the networking, example, printers,wifi routers,etc.

    theres no way to uninstall it because it part of windows 7 for sharing wifi. IT WORKS TRY IT.

    its not a bug in windows 7. wow 

    • Proposed as answer by test tyler Monday, February 28, 2011 7:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Allister Wade Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:12 PM
    Monday, February 28, 2011 7:03 PM
  • Got it! And this is September. I have read it all. Tried it all. And only to Uninstall Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter Permanantly is the way. and to do it just as you say:  go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow" also no quotes. It's gone, and when I put the laptop in sleep and wake it up, the inherrant wifi is on and all works well.
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 1:22 PM
  • Hi,

    I've been asked by a Support Engineer at the Microsoft Answers forum to re-create my problem here within the TechNet forum, because it is more complex than what's typically handled there. The thread (my latest reply) in the Microsoft Answers forum is located here: http://answers.microsoft.com/thread/651d3f30-5b8a-4f85-a4a2-d90d07dc74ff

    My problem: the solution described above in this (TechNet) thread works only one time for me, that means, for one sleep-wakeup-cycle. The command "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow" does not get persisted, so executing

    • "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" gets persisted, however,
    • "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow" does not get persisted on my machine.

    IOW, running the two commands in an elevated Command Prompt helps exactly one time - as soon as I wake up my machine from sleeping after running this, the WLAN connection gets re-established quickly (less than 5 seconds); but when I check the status with "netsh wlan show hostednetwork" then, the result is that the mode is set to "Allowed" again - and that means, the next time my machine wakes up from sleep mode, it again takes ages (~30 - 50 seconds) before the WLAN-connections gets re-established...

    Does anybody know how I can get the mode=disallow to be persisted?

    Another interesting fact I found before I ran over the solution using those NETSH commands:

    If I change the power saving option "Password protection on wakeup" from "Require a password on (recommended)" to "Don't require a password", everything is fine concerning the time period it takes to establish the WLAN connection after wakeup (that means, even without the NETSH commands as described in this thread).

    So, from my point of view, it seems to be something related to security (probably in conjunction with this hosted network stuff).

    The problem: Disabling "Password protection on wakeup" is not a solution at all for me personally, as I'm on the road with my notebook quite often, and I want to be sure that the data on my notebook isn't accessible without unlocking the screen, in case the device would get stolen or I would loose it somehow... to protect any customer data and other sensitive data on it...

    Any professional input from somebody at Microsoft to finally get a solution for this would be greatly appreciated.

    My hardware: Sony VAIO VPCSB3X9E/B

    Cheers,
    Franz

    Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:31 PM
  • Yes, I see. I had that problem on another computer too. The fix is disabling all network interfaces except the Ethernet and one Wi-Fi card. One reason is because of another Wi-Fi card that is WiMAX capable, and would create a virtual adapter for it. So 1st, disable all network interfaces except the Ethernet and one Wi-Fi card. Then as an admin(and running cmd as Administrator) Type, "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" and "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow" Then reboot the machine and it should not reappear. It took me a couple of tries to get this to work. Hope that helps. :)
    Monday, April 02, 2012 11:39 PM
  • I found the manual for your laptop, and low and behold that laptop may have a wwan connection used for connecting to cell phone towers for an internet connection.(wow lots of connections haha). Anyways disable that and run the commands I gave you. If the command doesn't work try "wwan" or "wwlan" instead of "wlan". That's just my 2 cents. Hope that helps. The manual is here (ftp://ftp.vaio-link.com/pub/manuals/consumer/AE27100111.pdf). Read pages 73 to 77.
    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:18 PM
  • Ive been having an issue with this virtual miniport adapter for weeks now. I got a new wi-fi router and my wi-fi service was really bad. Ive been searching for the answer for the bad sevice for weeks. Ive even tried doing a factory restore and still within a few hours I get the virtual miniport back on my adapters page. My service provider even asked me if I was using 2 wi-fi adapters at home because the said my wi-fi was being split by the two wifi adapters. So anyway I used your fix from above and PPOOFFF it was gone and excellent service restored. So if anyone is having this issue use this fix. As they already stated it works, and IT DOES. Thank you I would have continued with the bad service thinking it was my brand new computer if it wasnt for this.
    Friday, August 24, 2012 3:53 PM
  • Hi.

      i've created a hosted network; ssid="NAME"; key=******; authentication= WPA2-Personal; Radio type= 802.11g etc.. but this is the not one that i needed... i want to delete it .. please provide the command for it.
    this networks conflicts with the Dell WLAN adpater,so i've to delete it , instade deleting/disableing the microsoft wifi miniport adapter.
      
        thanking you.



    • Edited by Subhamoy Sen Thursday, November 01, 2012 10:14 PM
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 10:02 PM
  • was a bit worried about typing commands right into Dos shell but whaddya know... that pesky MS virtual network thingy is gone
    Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:07 PM
  • THANK THE GODS!  typical of MS do destroy a system that otherwise was fine.

    my only beef is that now when I wake the machine, it takes way longer than it used to, to be on the net.  before it was almost instant.  now its at least 5 seconds.

    Tuesday, November 05, 2013 10:27 PM
  • First, I apologize in advance for venting here. Second, the answer provided by test tyler actually works.  I followed the instructions given by test tyler. After days of intermittent internet access, hours of following other solutions on the internet for a Atheron AR9285 wireless adapter the solution test tyler provider worked for almost a minute before I lost the Internet connection. I am positive that the latest Windows 7 update caused my loss of Internet. The problem is NOT with my wireless card. The problem is with the addition of the Microsoft Wifi Miniport. I am now ready to switch from all Microsoft products -- all of them. I have used computers since there was only DOS. This "critical update" stopped my business in its tracks. I have decided that any operating system associated with Microsoft is just another experiment with the victims paying the price again and again. No, I don't have a virus (but how are we ever 100 percent sure.) Yes I have the latest driver -- according to Windows. Yes my Wifi is turned on. Thank you test tyler. Although your solution did not solve my problem, it works which is more than I can say for Microsoft Windows. I have a high regard and respect for the effort of the workers who I suspect have a greater vision than I can see. All I know is that I looked very stupid in from of my customers when my business laptop refused to work with my wireless network. My laptop is now completely useless. It is just a hard drive. I am beyond belief that a company with a poor product keeps getting richer. After a short nap I have to return to work and I will start the process of switching to another operating system that has better customer service and quits giving excuses and stops blaming the victim. Again, sorry for the venting. Thank you for your patience.
    Friday, November 08, 2013 9:27 AM
  • I don't know if this seems too obvious a fix to have actually worked, but I simply went into Device Manager and disabled the virtual miniport adapter. I was often getting dropped off my wifi for no apparent reason, so did some poking around and found the MS device along with my Broadcom wifi adapter. Simply disabled the MS device and I haven't had an issue so far, and no dropped wifi.

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:29 AM
  • I finally found out how to uninstall the microsoft wifi miniport adapter its so easy all you do is go to the command prompt as a admin and type this "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork" with no quotes. than type this "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"  also no quotes. at first i thought this was disabling it same as right clicking and disable but actually it disables the service and the microsoft wifi miniport is gone. for some reason its mode gets set to allow instated of disallow  and when you uninstall it it reappears and messes up the networking, example, printers,wifi routers,etc.

    theres no way to uninstall it because it part of windows 7 for sharing wifi. IT WORKS TRY IT.

    its not a bug in windows 7. wow     


    you did not totally uninstall the wifi miniport adapter i check it again and i type "netsh wlan show hosted network" it show all the record of hostednetwork it never disappear using the "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow"
    Saturday, November 30, 2013 4:08 AM
  • any ideas, this crap i again on win 7 64 bit after every restart.
    Monday, December 23, 2013 7:44 PM
  • Just go to Device Manager and uninstall your mini port adapter. That's how you do it without getting grease under your finger nails :)

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    • Proposed as answer by Youri van Dijk Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:39 AM
    Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:47 PM
  • hi 

    thank you works 100%

    Sunday, March 09, 2014 1:30 PM
  • Creating the batch file and keeping in the start up location will avoid running these commands manually on bootup.

    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork 

    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow

    Sunday, March 23, 2014 5:07 PM