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Windows 7: Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

30 Dec 2009   #1
JohnHarvis

FreeBSD
 
 
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

Okay, so I was browsing through the adapter settings in windows 7 and came across a Wiresless Conenction 2 which is a Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter. I don't remember seeing this on the list before, and it suddenly seems to have appeared. Has anyone else experienced this problem??

TIA


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30 Dec 2009   #2
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Have ypu installed any VMware product, Xpmode, Virtual PC?
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30 Dec 2009   #3
JohnHarvis

FreeBSD
 
 

Yeah iv got Virutal PC 2007 installed, but im sure this shouldn't show up in adapter settings.
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30 Dec 2009   #4
RedBirdDad

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

I saw that on one one of my daughter's laptops.

I did a search and came up with this:

Windows 7 adds native Virtual WiFi technology from Microsoft Research - istartedsomething
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30 Dec 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Hmm not sure, it could well be that. To test, just delete the adapter, un-install VPC and see for yourself.
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30 Dec 2009   #6
JohnHarvis

FreeBSD
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedBirdDad View Post
I saw that on one one of my daughter's laptops.

I did a search and came up with this:

Windows 7 adds native Virtual WiFi technology from Microsoft Research - istartedsomething
I read that article way before windows 7 RTM'd! ... but iv never seen this adapter until recently. I only ever had 2 adapters installed on windows 7 (Ethernet and wireless) until I checked it today.

Right after uninstalling the adapter from device manager and immediaitely scanning for any changes just installs Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter again! Also uninstalled Virutal PC aswell, this had no effect on it either. The adapter was still present after uninstalling VP2007.
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30 Dec 2009   #7
RedBirdDad

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

According to what I found, it isn't related to VPC. It's something that MS installs by default. A new technology but not used yet. It's possible it came in through Windows Update. I don't remember seeing it on my kids laptops either until yesterday.

At this point it looks to be harmless so I'd just leave it. I discovered it was on both my kids laptops have it and I just ignore it.
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30 Dec 2009   #8
JohnHarvis

FreeBSD
 
 

Hmm good to know its not just me! Cant remember seeing this in windows update, as I have set it to manually prompt me before it installs any updates

Well keep on eye on this! Anyone else seeing similar behaviour on thier windows 7 network adapter settings?
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30 Dec 2009   #9
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Well MS would not be installing it by default. It's a feature of the the wireless adapter or driver. I do not have it on my laptop. As RedBirdDad said, it won't harm if you leave ir OR disable it in Device Manager.
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30 Dec 2009   #10
RedBirdDad

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Well MS would not be installing it by default. It's a feature of the the wireless adapter or driver. I do not have it on my laptop. As RedBirdDad said, it won't harm if you leave ir OR disable it in Device Manager.
Agreed!
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