Sometimes (particularly in Virtual Environments) you need to delete the “memory” windows keeps of old network cards. It becomes problematic when you want to set a static IP address and you keep getting an error along the lines of “The IP Address you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter” – problem is, you can’t see the adapter referred to in the error message!
- Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
- Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
- Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
- In the menu at the top of the window, Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
- Expand the Network Adapters tree.
- Right-click the dimmed network adapter(s), and then click Uninstall.
This also works for other devices that have been plugged in previously (Think Phones or USB Devices)… handy to clean up the crap that hangs around on your local computer for devices that will never be used again.