How to Install a Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter
The Windows Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter creates a virtual duplicate of the wireless network adapter installed to the computer. The Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter is enabled automatically when a wireless network card is added to Windows 7, but users can uninstall and remove the adapter from the computer at any time. If your computer comes with Windows 7 and a wireless network adapter, but you can't find the Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter in Device Manager, you can reinstall the device software from the command line.
Click "Start." Input "cmd.exe" into the search box, then press "Enter" to open Command Prompt.
Input "netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow" into the command line, then press "Enter," to install the Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter to the computer.
Click "Start." Type "devmgmt.msc" into the search box, then press "Enter," to open Device Manager.
Expand "Network Adapters" to confirm that "Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter" is in the list.
Tips & Warnings
- To start a hosted network on the Wi-Fi adapter, connect to the wireless hot spot, then input "netsh wlan start hostednetwork" into the command-line prompt.