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Is there a way to change the network adapter name in batch or powershell script? possibly by specifying a connection number ?

Thanks in advance.

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migrated from Apr 22 '14 at 9:26

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Easy enough without PowerShell:

netsh interface set interface name="Old Name" newname="New Name"

Easy enough with PowerShell:

Get-NetAdapter -Name "Old Name" | Rename-NetAdapter -NewName "New Name"

Of course, in PS, you can also select your adapter by whatever property you see fit.

Get-NetAdapter -InterfaceIndex 12 | Rename-NetAdapter -NewName "New Name"

Swiped from Technet Blogs, which has a couple of other more complicated ways.

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While PowerShell is only supported in Windows8+ AFAIK – MichelZ Apr 3 '14 at 17:04
@michelZ Powershell has been installed by default since Windows 7, and can be installed on OS as early as windows XP. – MartinC Apr 3 '14 at 17:27
I'm refering to this article:, saying that it is supported from Windows 8 / 2012 onwards. Just because you can install PowerShell does not mean that all commands work magically, I think – MichelZ Apr 3 '14 at 17:29
@MichelZ That article states that it is introduced in 4.0, which comes by default on server 2012 R2 and 8.1, but can also be installed on windows 7 and server 2008. "Version 4.0 is integrated with Windows 8.1 and with Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft has also made PowerShell 4 available for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012" – MartinC Apr 3 '14 at 17:31
I'm speaking just about the Get-NetAdapter cmdlet by the way.. not PowerShell in general :) – MichelZ Apr 3 '14 at 17:31

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