How to Install a Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter

By Ruri Ranbe

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.

Step 1

Click "Start." Input "cmd.exe" into the search box, then press "Enter" to open Command Prompt.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Click "Start." Type "devmgmt.msc" into the search box, then press "Enter," to open Device Manager.

Step 4

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.