Windows makes a mess of all the network adapters when installing NIC cards. Sometimes, you remove network adapters, and you’re left with something like “Local Area Network 3” that can’t be renamed back to “Local Area Network”. The problem is, Windows remembers the previous adapter (even if it is physically removed), so you can’t rename the adapter, otherwise it would conflict with previously named adapters. View & remove all previously (non-connected) NIC adapters first start by opening a command prompt:
- Start > Run…. Then type cmd.exe. (Be sure to run the Command Prompt as Administrator)
- In the command window, type
- Next, type
- Go to
View > Show Hidden Devices
Expand the “Network adapters” entry and you should see all network adapters previously installed (but no longer present) in Windows. Select the network adapters you’re no longer using and “Uninstall” them. Usually, old or unused network adapters have icons that are “grayed out” as shown below:
After cleaning up your unused network adapters, you should now be able to rename the network adapters back to “Local Area Connection”.
Extra Tip 1: Using the “Network and Sharing Center”, click on the icon to change the icon and network name.
Extra Tip 2: Start “Local Security Policy”. Go to “Network List Manager Polices”, and you’ll be able to assign profiles to these networks.
Extra Tip 3: Click on an “Unidentified network”s icon, and click “Merge or delete network locations” to delete any previously remembered “networks”.
Hope that helps,
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