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Windows 7: Need to delete many duplicate virtual network adapters

09 Sep 2012   #1
djmeznyc

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Need to delete many duplicate virtual network adapters

I have over 50 virtual networking adapters in device manager, I have posted this question in many forums, and still cannot get rid of these pesky unused extra adapters. I know they have been created by using Virtualbox, and by creating many virtual machines and updating virtualbox. Unfortunately, I have tried uninstalling virtualbox and the drivers all remain in devicemanager. DeviceMgmt also does not allow me to uninstall or delete the adapters, (When I do they just stay there, even after rebooting.)

I most likely have to go into the registry and delete them, but they are in so many different places there, I need to know the correct place to delete them.

I have a bet that this is the forum where I will get the answer for this even though I have posted in virtualbox forums, technet, MSDN, superuser, serverfault, and stackoverflow.


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09 Sep 2012   #2
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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09 Sep 2012   #3
djmeznyc

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Hey, thanks for the response, I have seen this link, and unfortunately, I think that I need to keep those network adapters because I still use virtualbox, what I am looking for is the keys for the virtualbox bridged networking driver miniports with #s 1-6 and the bridged networking driver miniports #13-19. I believe that the registry keys in that post apply to the first adapters that I actually use and therefore need to keep them, If I am wrong, let me know and I will take a closer look once again. The question in that post was to completely remove all virtualbox networking adapters because the user was no longer using the program. Thanks.
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09 Sep 2012   #4
Ztruker

Windows 8.1 Pro X64
 
 

Can't you right click and Select Uninstall in Device Manager for the ones you want to get rid of?
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09 Sep 2012   #5
Skylais

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Can't you right click and Select Uninstall in Device Manager for the ones you want to get rid of?
Right this should work, but he said something about device mgmt not allowing him, maybe he is not in device manager or does not have admin privileges? Do you have a reason as to why a driver would not uninstall?
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09 Sep 2012   #6
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Best to include a screenshot of the adapters you're wanting to delete.
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10 Sep 2012   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

This link might help if you need to make those extra adaptors show up in Device Manager so that you can uninstall them.

Error message when you try to set an IP address on a network adapter
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15 Sep 2012   #8
djmeznyc

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Device Manager wasnt allowing me to uninstall or delete them, but I have finally done it, and I do not know how the hell i did it, just today I went in there and they are gone. First I thought maybe Microsoft's update did something since I just updated yesterday but that doesn't really make sense, unless they did something that they have not advertised to public. Anyway I still have three network adapters that do not want to go away here is a picture. I have uninstalled all three, deleted the drivers and rebooted but they are still there. I also have spoke with Gov m from microsoft and all he told me to do was uninstall VirtualBox, (of course). I really need to get this old openvpn tapwin32 driver out of there It has been there for a year and i havent needed to use it.
I really dont know how I got rid of the other virtual network adapters, I just got lucky and they dissapeared today, since I got a new problem,

device manager seems to not allow you to delete and uninstall virtual network adapters msot of the time, now that I have only two from virtualbox left, and One TAP WIN32 (which I have for over a year, I leave it to you again to find out how to remove at least the tap-win32 adapter which was left behind from openvpn., thanks for the comments guys
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20 Oct 2014   #9
Flicker

Not Applicable
 
 

Bit late for this thread ( 2years!)
but you need to remove the adapters from the virtual switch manager rather than just delete them from the network connections...

Hope this helps somebody
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