How to Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Windows 10

Introduction

 
A network adapter is a hardware component in the system which is used to provide connectivity over a computer with a computer network. A network adapter is also known as NIC (network interface controller), interface card, and LAN adapter. By using either Ethernet or Wi-Fi, it allows computers to communicate over a computer network.
 
Users can enable or disable the network adapter as per their requirements. For example, if the Wi-Fi network interface is disabled in your system, the user can enable the network interface.
 
This tutorial will show you various ways how to enable or disable the Network Adapters in Windows 10.
 

Method 1. Using Command Prompt (Admin)

 
By using the Command Prompt (Admin), the user can easily enable or disable the network adapters. Follow the below instructions to proceed.
 
Step 1
 
From the Search, type the Command Prompt and right-click on it and select "Run as Administrator".
 
Step 2
 
To check the available network adapters or to identify the name of the network adapter that you want to disable in your system, type the following command in the command prompt
 
netsh interface show interface
 
Command Prompt
 
A) To disable the Network Adapter, type the command below in the command prompt
 
netsh interface set interface <Interface Name> disable
 
Command Prompt
 
B) To enable the Network Adapter, type the following command in the command prompt
 
netsh interface set interface <Interface Name> enable
 
Command Prompt
 
Note:
 
As per Wikipedia, "In computing, network shell or generally known as netsh, is a command-line utility included in Microsoft's Windows NT line of operating systems beginning with Windows 2000. It allows local or remote configuration of network devices such as the interface".
 

Method 2. Using Windows PowerShell

 
By using Windows PowerShell, the user can easily enable or disable the network adapters. Follow the below instructions to proceed.
 
Step 1
 
Open Windows PowerShell (Admin). (Alternatively, you can press the "Windows + X" key and click on "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" to open it.)
 
Step 2
 
To check the available network adapters in your system, type the following command in Windows PowerShell (Admin).
 
Get-NetAdapter | format-list
 
Windows PowerShell
 
A) To disable the Network Adapter, type the command below in the Windows PowerShell (Admin).
 
Disable-NetAdapter -Name <Network Adapter Name> -Confirm:$false
 
Windows PowerShell
 
B) To enable the Network Adapter, type the following command in the Windows PowerShell (Admin).
 
Enable-NetAdapter -Name <Network Adapter Name> -Confirm:$false
 
Windows PowerShell
 

Method 3. Via Device Manager

 
The user can easily enable or disable network adapters through the Device Manager. Follow the below instructions to proceed.
 
Step 1
 
You can click Start and type Device Manager, then click Device manager to open it. (Alternatively, user can press the "Windows + X" key, and click on Device Manager to open it).
 
Step 2
 
Click on the "Network adapters" and you will see the various devices in it.
 
Device Manager
 
Step 3
 
A) Right-click on Realtek (or any mentioned adapter in your PC) and click on "Disable device" to disable the Network Adapter in your system.
 
Device Manager
 
B) Right-click on Realtek (or any mentioned adapter in your PC) and click on "Enable device", to enable the Network Adapter in your system.
 
Device Manager
 

Method 4. Using Windows Settings

 
With the help of the Windows Settings, the user can easily enable or disable the network adapters. Follow the below instructions to proceed.
 
Step 1
 
From the Start Menu, click on the Settings button. (Alternatively, the user can press the "Windows + I" key to directly open the "Windows Settings").
 
Step 2
 
"Windows Settings" will appear on the screen, then click on the "Network & Internet" option.
 
Settings
 
Step 3
 
Now, click on the "Status" option. And, under the "Change your network settings" section, click on the "Change adapter options".
 
Settings
 
Step 4
 
"Network Connections" window will appear on the screen.
 
A) To disable the network adapter that you want, right-click on it and click on the "Disable" option.
 
Disable it
 
B) To enable the network adapter that you want, right-click on it and click on the "Enable" option.
 
enable it
 
 

Conclusion

 
By following any of the above methods, you can enable or disable the Network Adapters in Windows 10.
 
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