You cannot create a Hyper-V virtual switch on 64-bit versions of Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10, version 1511Windows 10


After you delete a Hyper-V virtual switch (vSwitch) on a computer that has been upgraded to Windows 10, you cannot re-create the vSwitch for the same physical adapter. When this problem occurs, you receive the following error message that indicates that the vSwitch still exists even though it no longer is listed in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager:

Virtual Switch Manager
Error applying Virtual Switch Properties changes
Failed while adding virtual Ethernet switch connections.


This problem occurs because a new network setup functionality that was introduced in Windows 10 does not completely delete all objects from the previous vSwitch installation. This problem is scheduled to be fixed in the next Windows 10 update.


Easy fix solution

To fix this problem automatically, click the Download link. In the File Download dialog box, click Run or Open, and then follow the steps in the Easy fix wizard.

Important Before you run the Easy fix, note the following points:
  • You will lose network connectivity after the wizard finishes.
  • You must restart your computer manually after the wizard finishes.
  • You will have to connect manually to all known Wi-Fi networks after your computer restarts.
  • You must re-create the vSwitch by using the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager after your computer restarts.

  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Easy fix solution to a flash drive or a CD, and then run it on the computer that has the problem.