Fix Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter Issue on Windows 7 [Solved]

By April Cai in Driver Error Tags: Windows 7

Windows 7 users reported that, some error happened to their Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter. When check in Device Manager, you could find a yellow mark on its icon. And when you update it through Device Manager, it might keep telling you the driver isn’t up-to-date. It causes users cannot use it to connect to another network or create a WiFi hotspot. So it’s important to learn how fix it once it happens. Here in this article, we will be showing you two tried-and-true ways to fix Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter issue on your Windows 7. Please follow the easy steps with images below then.

Fix 1. Reinstall Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter driver

For some reasons, Microsoft cannot detect the update for your device. That’s why it keep prompting the driver is not up-to-date if you updated driver through Device Manager. In such case, choose other trustworthy to update it or reinstall it.
Press Windows key + key together to open Run box.
Then type devmgmt.msc in the box and hit Enter to open Device Manager.

Find and right-click on your Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter under Network adapters dialog.
Then choose Uninstall.

Click OK.

Restart your computer, then Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter driver would be installed automatically.

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Fix 2. Disable Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter service

If there is no need for you to use Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter, you can disable it to fix the error.

Find Command Prompt from Start menu.
Then right-click on it to choose Run as administrator.
When prompted by User Account Control, click Yes.

Type the following two commands and hit Enter to run them one by one.

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow

That’s all there is to it. 
Hope it can help you fix the error on your Windows 7.
Any question please feel free to leave comment below, thanks.

  • Erkan Agustos

    Hi, i skipped the first step and jumped into second fix but it didn’t work. when i restarted the notebook adapter was gone so was my connection! any help please.

    • April Cai

      That’s probably because you didn’t have another wireless network adapter?
      If so, re-enable it.
      Go to your “device manager”, find your “network adapters”, then find the virtual wifi adapter, right click it and enable it.
      After that, start your cmd with admin privileges, then try: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
      Last, perform fix 1 please.

      • Erkan Agustos

        Thanks for your reply 🙂 Actually i have Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter for wireless network connection which is not working now. Problem started with microsoft virtual miniport adapter interrupting my connection. My wifi went off and on billion times and at the end i wanted to get rid of microsoft virtual adapter. That is how i ended up with your fixes. Since i thought i didn’t need the virtual one i directly applied the fix 2 but my connection totally gone. i did as in your reply but it says “the hosted network couldn’t be started, the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation” that’s why i can’t perform the fix 1.
        In device manager i checked the driver, it says it is up to date and working properly which is not. When i run windows network diagnostics, problem occurs and says wireless capability is turned off! windows can’t turn it on neither can i.
        I have Broadcom 802.11g Network adapter microsoft windows



        Do you think if i uninstall and reinstall it, will it be ok and if so where can i get the proper driver.
        I use another laptop to write this now.
        Thanks in advance..