How to Reinstall a Network Adapter Driver

By Chris Miksen

Network adapters are one of the main components that allow you to connect to the internet. Network adapters come in many different sizes and connect in many different ways depending on the manufacturer and type of adapter. Adapters sometimes must be reinstalled because of a problem with either the hardware itself or because there was a problem during installation. Reinstalling a network adapter is as easy as reconnecting the adapter and clicking on a few buttons.

Step 1

Right-click "My Computer" for Windows XP and older versions or "Computer" for Windows Vista in the Windows start menu. Select "Manage."

Step 2

Click "Device Manager" under "System Tools."

Step 3

Click the expand button next to "Network Adapters." Right-click the network adapter you wish to reinstall and click "Uninstall." Click "OK" to confirm the decision.

Step 4

Select "Yes" to restart your computer. Windows will typically automatically reinstall your network driver upon restart by searching and installing the hardware. Disconnect the network adapter and plug it back into your computer if Windows does not automatically install the driver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Elect to cancel the Windows automatic hardware search if your network adapter came with an install disc. Insert the disc into the disc drive and follow the on-screen instructions to install the network adapter.