Same display names for USB network adapters when you unplug a network adapter in Windows

Symptoms

When you unplug one of the USB network adapters and run the following command in Command Prompt, this issue occurs.
wmic path win32_networkadapter get name
See the detail to reproduce this issue.

Cause

The issue occurs because the configuration information remains in the registry after you unplug one of the USB network adapters.

Workaround

To work around this issue, use a combination name and another property to identify the USB network adapters.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

 Detail to reproduce this issue

  1. Plug two USB network adapters that are the same hardware type into a computer.
  2. Run the following command, and then unplug one of the USB network adapters.
    wmic path win32_networkadapter get name
  3. Run the same command again.
  4. Check the names of USB network adapters.

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Article ID: 3034027 - Last Review: Feb 25, 2015 - Revision: 1

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