A network adapter is automatically reinstalled after you uninstall the network adapter in Device Manager on a Windows Vista-based computer

After you uninstall a network adapter in the Device Manager on a Windows Vista-based computer, you receive the following message in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar:
Installing device driver software
Then, the network adapter is automatically reinstalled.

Note When you uninstall a network adapter in the Device Manager on a Windows XP-based computer, the network adapter is reinstalled only when you right-click Network adapters and then click Scan for hardware changes.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


There are no prerequisites for installing this hotfix.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, x86-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Update.mumNot applicable2,00430-Nov-200702:12Not applicable
X86_f858716ef544855d491e5dc5bbbdeae3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20729_none_c9f59875344787f6.manifestNot applicable69730-Nov-200702:12Not applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20729_none_6ac72287d0223d32.manifestNot applicable18,77830-Nov-200702:12Not applicable
Ntkrnlpa.exe6.0.6000.207293,505,20829-Nov-200704:11Not applicable
Ntoskrnl.exe6.0.6000.207293,471,92829-Nov-200704:11Not applicable
Windows Vista, x64-based versions
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_fd7a6e930da723aad49ef31bd51805f7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20729_none_7b70b5e83808986b.manifestNot applicable70130-Nov-200702:12Not applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-os-kernel_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20729_none_c6e5be0b887fae68.manifestNot applicable17,33030-Nov-200702:21Not applicable
Update.mumNot applicable2,01630-Nov-200702:12Not applicable
For more information about how to uninstall drivers and devices on a Windows Vista-based computer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Article ID: 945399 - Last Review: 01/28/2008 20:59:01 - Revision: 1.1

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