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Windows 7 - Reinstall Network Adapter

This article will help you reinstall a network adapter (NIC) in Windows 7.

Locate the Windows Menu in the bottom left corner of the task bar.

Select Control Panel from the Menu.

find control panel

Click the System icon to proceed.

system and security icon

When System and Security is selected from the Control Panel view, select Security.

Click Device Manager from the left hand menu list.

device manager

The Device Manager will display all installed and “found” hardware on the computer.

Find the Network Adapters Category and click the "+" to the left.

click on network adapters 

The Network Interface Controller(NIC) will be listed if installed. Right click the adapter used, select Properties

right-click network adapter

Navigate to the Driver tab in the NIC Properties.

driver details tab

Selecting the Uninstall button will remove the existing driver from the device manger.

Confirm the Uninstall.

select uninstall

Return to the Device Manager, select the Scan for Hardware Changes button. The NIC will reinstall automatically.

scan for hardware changes

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