On Windows 10, v1607, I am unable to create a virtual switch - it's stuck at "Applying changes..." There are no error messages.

I tried all the tricks I could think of:

  • Uninstall/reinstall Hyper-V
  • Do all Windows updates
  • sfc /scannow
  • Checked events log, don't see any error

I'm out of ideas. Anyone has a solution?


Of course right after I post this, I now find the problem.

I had Device Manager open while Hyper-V was trying to create the Virtual Switch. In doing so, it creates a Network Adapter. I saw it being created and right-clicked, selected "update drivers". It then said it couldn't install this hardware and in the Unknown device which I now have it states:

The installation of this device is forbidden by system policy. Of course now I remember creating a group policy to prevent installation of network adapters to prevent users to connect portable MiFi devices...

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