Cannot remove Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter

Gloria Gu 3,861 Reputation points


I am having a networking problem with Hyper-V on Windows 10 pro. I installed Hyper-V in order to create some test VMs, but could get the networking to function properly. I removed Hyper-V, but there is still a virtual Ethernet adapter stuck somewhere, and I can't find it. Not listed in Network connections or Device manager. If I try to change the static IP of the physical adapter, I get the following error: "The IP address 10.2.2. 100 that you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter 'Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter' on this computer". I would really like to get rid of that so that I can take another run at Hyper-V on this machine.

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  1. Candy Luo 12,496 Reputation points

    Hi ,

    Welcome to our new Microsoft Q&A Platform.

    Please refer to the following steps:

    1.Run the command of set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 and press ENTER.

    2.In Device Manager, click VIEW then SHOW HIDDEN DEVICES.

    3.Expand NETWORK ADAPTORS,Check if there are any grayed out NICs and select UNINSTALL.

    If it still doesn't work, please check if the following link is helpful:

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Best regards,


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  1. SW 36 Reputation points

    I tried removing almost everything in Windows Features on Windows 10 Pro to get rid of the Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter in Network Connections, but that still didn't work, even with everything related to Hyper-V removed... until I stumbled upon this little thing in Services called "HV Host Service", which has the description of "Provides an interface for the Hyper-V hypervisor to provide per-partition performance counters to the host operating system."

    Once I disabled this service, Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter was immediately gone, and has been gone since I disabled that service.


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  2. David Rollinson 11 Reputation points

    Cannot remove Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter - SOLVED

    After doing a lot of investigation of this problem I have finally found the solution at this link:

    The reason you are getting a Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter popping up is due to Windows Sandbox.
    Windows Sandbox on Win10 2004 now creates a vEthernet interface for every physical NIC.

    Uninstalling the Sandbox in Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off, and rebooting, removes these switches. If you wish to keep Windows Sandbox, you will need to also keep the switches.

    I unticked Windows Sandbox and rebooted. Now Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter has disappeared. Also the HV Host Service, which was previously running, has now stopped. All good, and I my corporate intranet is now happy again.

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  3. Jonathan S 6 Reputation points

    Hi, does anyone knows how to clean an old archwsl install
    that reappears each time at startup
    And makes me to have these two HyperV instances

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