basically have had to remove and add new cards several times – and now I am
not able to rename my network connection to the original name:
« cannot rename this connection. a connection with the name you specified
already exists. »
I’ve looked in the Device Manager for the old NICs, but even with « Show
Hidden Devices » enabled, the old NICs aren’t shown.
Anyone know the registry keys I am looking for?
Found the answer, I had tried this earlier but didn’t run the command in an
elevated command prompt 😡
The following procedure will show no-longer-connected devices in Device
Manager for Server 2008.
1) Open a command window with elevated privileges (Start -> Right-click
« Command Prompt », select « Run as Administrator »)
2) In the command window, execute the following commands:
The second command starts the Device Manager. It MUST be started from the
elevated-privilege command window for this procedure to work.
3) In Device Manager, click the VIEW menu item and select « Show hidden
This should show any hidden devices. For network adapters, expand the
network adapters node. Right-Click any device you wish to remove, and click