Network and Internet Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable network adapters in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

A network adapter (aka: Network Interface Controller (NIC) ) is a computer hardware component that connects a computer to the Internet or local area network.

Sometimes you may need to disable a network adapter if you don't use it, troubleshooting, etc...


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable network adapters.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Network Connections
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Device Manager
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Network Adapters using netsh command
  • Option Five: Enable or Disable Network Adapters in PowerShell




Option One

Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced network settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Enable or Disable for the network adapters you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Network Connections


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

2 Click/tap on the Change adapter settings (ncpa.cpl) link in Network and Sharing Center. (see screenshot below)

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3 Right click on the network adapter (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want, and click/tap on Enable or Disable. (see screenshots below)

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4 When finished, you can close Network Connections and Control Panel if you like.




Option Three

Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Device Manager


1 Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

2 Expand open Network adapters. (see screenshots below)

3 Right click on the network adapter you want, and click/tap on Enable device or Disable device. (see screenshots below)

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4 If you are disabling the network adapter, click/tap on Yes to confirm when prompted. (see screenshot below)

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5 When finished, you can close Device Manager if you like.




Option Four

Enable or Disable Network Adapters using netsh command


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter to see a list of all network adapters and their current status on your PC. (see screenshot below step 3)

netsh interface show interface

3 Make note of the Interface Name (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want to enable or disable. (see screenshot below)

The Admin State column will let you know if the network adapter (Interface Name) is currently Enabled or Disabled.


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4 Type the command below you want to use into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Disable network adapter)
netsh interface set interface "Interface Name" disable

OR​

(Enable network adapter)
netsh interface set interface "Interface Name" enable

Substitute Interface Name in the commands above with the actual network adapter (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want from step 3.

For example: netsh interface set interface "Wi-Fi" enable


5 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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Option Five

Enable or Disable Network Adapters in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter to see a list of all network adapters and their current status on your PC. (see screenshot below step 3)

Get-NetAdapter | format-list

3 Make note of the network adapter Name (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want to enable or disable. (see screenshot below)

AdminStatus will let you know if the network adapter (Name) is currently Up (enabled) or Down (disabled).


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4 Type the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Disable network adapter)
Disable-NetAdapter -Name "Network Adapter Name" -Confirm:$false

OR​

(Enable network adapter)
Enable-NetAdapter -Name "Network Adapter Name" -Confirm:$false

Substitute Network Adapter Name in the commands above with the actual network adapter Name (ex: "Wi-Fi") you want from step 3.

For example: Enable-NetAdapter -Name "Wi-Fi" -Confirm:$false


5 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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Option Two, the Network Connections window that is shown under Step 3 can also be opened by entering ncpa.cpl in the Run dialog (Win+R). This is similar to opening Device Manager by entering devmgmt.msc (in Option Three, Step 1).
 

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