How can I make a Network Adapter I uninstalled from Device Manager stay dead (uninstalled)? (right now it reinstalls itself e.g. when I restart)
Example: I have a laptop with a physically broken wifi chip. I want (need) this device removed from windows forever (and I don't have a BIOS option). I don't want windows to ever do me the "favor" of re-installing this specific network adapter.
I have thought about removing it, thanks. Don't want to open this kind of laptop up. Less important, but I actually also have a broken LAN port that I would have to de-solder..
This question is not really solved, just patched. There are situations when your disabled network adapters get force-enabled by some other service, program, or Microsoft itself (e.g. after you've upgraded to a new major Windows update, M$ turns adapters on and connects to the internet on boot but before user logon).