Enable or disable a network adapter


You need a network adapter to connect a computer to a network. You can disconnect your computer from a network by disabling your network adapter, and you can sometimes solve connection problems by disabling and then re-enabling the adapter.

Watch this video to learn how to enable or disable a network adapter (1:15)

To enable or disable a network adapter

  1. Open Network Connections by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type adapter, and then, under Network and Sharing Center, click View network connections.

  2. Right-click the network adapter, and then do one of the following:

    • To disable the network adapter, click Disable. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • To enable the network adapter, click Enable. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Picture of the network adapter menu
    The network adapter menu

    If you disable the adapter, you have to enable it again to connect to a network.

Note

  • Your computer might have more than one network adapter. Each adapter is listed next to the name of the network connection that uses it. Make sure that you select the correct adapter.



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