Is there a simple and permanent way to disable the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter permanently.

I believe this device may be the source of some wifi problems my users have been having.


AFAIK, the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter is a virtual adaptor for sharing your internet connection (ie. making a wifi hotspot, or 'hosted network').

To disable this, open an elevated command prompt (cmd as admin) and type in the following commands, in order:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork This stops the hosted network

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow This disables the hotspot.

Source for commands

This worked for me and removed the adaptor on my computer.

  • This works only temporarily. The Miniport Adapters reappear after some time (reboot?). – Alph.Dev Aug 5 '15 at 12:40
  • Shouldn't do - it never came back for me... @Alph.Dev :/ – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Aug 5 '15 at 12:50
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    I ran these commantds 3 times already. Every time it works. But when I experience wifi problems I visit Control panel > Network connections, and yep, there they are again. 2 Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapters. – Alph.Dev Aug 5 '15 at 12:55
  • If you can see the adapters in Device Manager, can you delete them? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Aug 5 '15 at 12:55
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    It's worth mentioning that netsh wlan show hostednetwork will let you see if this feature is turned on in the first place. If it is, then the Mode: will be set to Allowed. – GuitarPicker May 3 '17 at 19:26

This virtual adapter was installed by my Intel Wireless driver software. I was unable to disconnect my main Network Interface Card driver from this virtual adapter software. So I just disabled the virtual adapter from the network connections window.


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To permanent deletion of the hosted network adapter (Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter) just delete in windows registers this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Wlansvc\Parameters\HostedNetworkSettings\HostedNetworkSettings


look up device manager> view (on the top bar)> view hidden devices> network adapters(in the main area)> find microsoft virtual adapter> right click disable.

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nope u need to look up device manager>view hidden devices(at the top)> on the main screen under network adapter find the microsoft virtual adapters > right click disable

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