How can I safely remove a network connection that is no longer visible in
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network Connections on Windows 10?
I want to reuse the name of a previously existing connection, "USB Ethernet", so that I can programmatically find this connection on multiple PCs if it exists.
When I try to rename one of the connections I get the following error message: "Cannot rename this connection. A connection with the name that you specified already exists. Specify a different name."
There are no hidden adaptors in Device Manager: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/315539/device-manager-does-not-display-devices-that-are-not-connected
Other posts mention editing the registry and removing the GUID that represents that specific connection under:
However, this connection may be referenced in other places within the registry. How can I safely remove the connection and all its references?
There are many unused/hidden connections on my machine according to the registry:
Local Area Connection* 11,
Local Area Connection* 2,
Local Area Connection* 7 etc.