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Windows 7: Which ones can I delete?

13 Feb 2011   #1
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 
Which ones can I delete?

Right now I have more network interfaces than I need or see a use for. I disabled them months ago, but now I just want to delete the extras. Problem is, I'm not one hundred percent about which ones I can safely remove. Obviously the WLAN and LAN interface are keepers, but as for the rest I don't know.

Which ones could I safely remove? (see attachment.)


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13 Feb 2011   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Unless you are having some sort of problem, there's no need to remove them. They don't consume system resources or impact the OS in any way.
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13 Feb 2011   #3
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

No I'm not having any issues with them, but I am going through my install removing un-needed things. I suppose so, I could just leave them as is.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Unless you are having some sort of problem, there's no need to remove them. They don't consume system resources or impact the OS in any way.
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14 Feb 2011   #4
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I decided to reformat my system with the 7 Pro. disc, instead of with the discs from the manufacturer. The results are good, not a single trace of bloatware AND... all the extra network adapters are gone too! They must have been trash that HP pre-installed :/
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14 Feb 2011   #5
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

The trash was Microsoft IPv6, ISATAP.WORKGROUP, Teredo tunneling Pseudo Interface....needed for Homegroup Network, sharing Windows Media Player, bitTorrent peer to peer.... and so on.
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14 Feb 2011   #6
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Then it's a good job I don't use those at all. I don't like or allow any form of network sharing and remote access, those services I always leave disabled. Knowing what these things do now makes sense why I never had problems with them disabled.

Edit: I gave you rep (thanks for the info )

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
The trash was Microsoft IPv6, ISATAP.WORKGROUP, Teredo tunneling Pseudo Interface....needed for Homegroup Network, sharing Windows Media Player, bitTorrent peer to peer.... and so on.
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14 Feb 2011   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Now go back to Device Manager and set it to show hidden devices, and they will all be back.
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14 Feb 2011   #8
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lost Colonist View Post
Then it's a good job I don't use those at all. I don't like or allow any form of network sharing and remote access, those services I always leave disabled. Knowing what these things do now makes sense why I never had problems with them disabled.

Edit: I gave you rep (thanks for the info )

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
The trash was Microsoft IPv6, ISATAP.WORKGROUP, Teredo tunneling Pseudo Interface....needed for Homegroup Network, sharing Windows Media Player, bitTorrent peer to peer.... and so on.
Thanks for Rep, it is appreciated. Guess if you don't need any kind of shared networking/files, you can just let them desactivated. On reboot might some will come again because those are set native to Windows 7 Network management as stormy13 said it aswell.

I would be more concern about some security settings to block in your firewall and others little tricks you might find around discuss here and there, to fill securities holes, than removing those.
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14 Feb 2011   #9
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Yes yes, you appear to be right about that! Those things are like critters :P

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13
Now go back to Device Manager and set it to show hidden devices, and they will all be back.
Well, while I was gone I decided to hack away at the registry a little-- to see if I could manually remove them. Since right click > uninstall doesn't seem to work on them (they have immunity!.) In the end though, I didn't like the results, so I just restored the system image I had made prior! It was fun poking around in there though, seriously-- those adapters are well entrenched into the registry hive.

My router does not support IPV6 and I don't use those aforementioned features. So yes, there are no problems if I disable them. You're right about the Window's firewall needing checking out. That was one of the first things I did after Window's completed installing. There was a ton of netbios / SMB / branchcache / P2P / etc stuff in there with allowed permission. But I disabled all of those rules and their related services.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lost Colonist View Post
Then it's a good job I don't use those at all. I don't like or allow any form of network sharing and remote access, those services I always leave disabled. Knowing what these things do now makes sense why I never had problems with them disabled.

Edit: I gave you rep (thanks for the info )

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoN View Post
The trash was Microsoft IPv6, ISATAP.WORKGROUP, Teredo tunneling Pseudo Interface....needed for Homegroup Network, sharing Windows Media Player, bitTorrent peer to peer.... and so on.
Thanks for Rep, it is appreciated. Guess if you don't need any kind of shared networking/files, you can just let them desactivated. On reboot might some will come again because those are set native to Windows 7 Network management as stormy13 said it aswell.

I would be more concern about some security settings to block in your firewall and others little tricks you might find around discuss here and there, to fill securities holes, than removing those.
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15 Feb 2011   #10
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

I would not mess around registry settings, or try to remove them because they will come again with another new registry key registred, you might get dozen of them after, in the linkage branch and it will retain them each time.

You can check the key
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\psched\Parameters\Adapters, and NdisAdapters

And in
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Lansvc\Profiles\Interfaces...where.xml files are stocked and renewed.
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