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I recently updated the driver of my wireless card. Under Network Adapters in Device Manager, Vista is now referring to it as: its name followed by "#2". I was wondering how I could get rid of that "#2" since it's still the same card. XP had a rename function in ...

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  1. #1

    cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    I recently updated the driver of my wireless card. Under Network Adapters in
    Device Manager, Vista is now referring to it as: its name followed by "#2".

    I was wondering how I could get rid of that "#2" since it's still the same
    card. XP had a rename function in the properties menu, but Vista does not. In
    the configuration window for the card, under the details tab, it's name is
    listed with the "#2" under Friendly Name, yet I can't change it from there
    either.

    Cheers,
    Delta_J
    delta_J
  2. #2

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Try clicking on the adapter and then hitting F2.

    Joe

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  3. #3

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Thanks for your input, Joe, but I feel that I must remind you that I have
    Vista installed, not XP. Hitting F2 doesn't do a thing. I believe I have
    already stated that the usual rename function was present in XP but for some
    reason has been taken out of Vista.

    I am talking about the "friendly name" of the adapter in Device Manager, not
    Network Connections, as that was easy to fix by renaming a couple registry
    entries.

    Perhaps someone knows what registry value to change? I am well aware of the
    risks of messing around in the registry in case an MVP feels reluctant to
    offer any instructions on doing so.

    But thanks anyway, Joe.

    Cheers,
    Delta_J

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    delta_J
  4. #4

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Hmm. In Vista ultimate if you open network and sharing center, click on
    Manage Network Connections, click on the network adapter (once) and hit the
    F2 key it allows you to change it's name.

    Joe

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  5. #5

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    In article <com>, "Joe
    Guidera" <msn.com> wrote: 

    That changes the name of the network connection that uses the network
    adapter. It doesn't change the name of the network adapter itself.

    To see what network adapter a network connection uses, right-click the
    network connection, click Properties, and look in the "Connect using"
    box. For example, my "Local Area Connection" network connection uses
    the "CNet PRO200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter" network adapter.

    Device Manager shows the network adapter name, not the network
    connection name.
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  6. #6

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Yep. I assumed he wanted to change the name of the connection. I.e.
    instead of it saying "Local area connection #2" he wants it to say "Local
    Area Connection".

    Joe

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  7. #7

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Thank you for your input, Steve, but I already know how to determine which
    adapter Vista is using to establish the connection. As Joe said, my point is
    that I'd like to be able to change the number following the name of the
    adapter as recognized by Vista. This is purely out of curiosity on how to
    keep the interface clean. I'm having no problems connecting to my intended
    network.

    To be honest, I don't really see why Windows, no matter which version, keeps
    adding numbers to the names of the devices it recognizes. It added the #2
    after I updated the driver, which seems odd since it's the same device and I
    did not uninstall the old driver prior to the update.

    Let me know,
    Delta_J

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    delta_J
  8. #8

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    In article <com>,
    delta_J <microsoft.com> wrote: 

    I know what you want to do. I was simply pointing out that what Joe
    described was something different.

    In the very first message that you posted, you said that XP has a
    rename function for devices in the properties menu. I can't find that
    function anywhere in XP's Device Manager. Please describe how to get
    to it.

    I've found a registry hack in XP that changes the name of a network
    adapter in Device Manager. When I have more time, I'll see if it
    works in Vista . . .
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    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    Steve
  9. #9

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Wait a minute, I think what I meant to say for XP at the start of this thread
    is what Joe described. Sorry about the confusion. Naturally, Vista has the
    same rename capability of the connection in Network Connections as XP: "Loca
    Area Connection" vs. "Local Area Connection 2". I know of the registry hack
    for when it gives the error that another network by that name is already
    being used.

    I'm glad you know what I'm finally talking about, Steve, but please feel
    free to share the registry hack even before you had the time to try it
    yourself. I know the risks of dabbling in the registry and don't worry, I
    won't sue MS if I mess up my system

    Cheers, sorry for not being clear initially.

    Delta_J

    "Steve Winograd [MVP]" wrote:
     
    delta_J
  10. #10

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    In article <com>,
    delta_J <microsoft.com> wrote: 

    OK, here's what I found in XP to rename a PCI or USB network adapter:

    1. In Device Manager, go to the network adapter's Properties >
    Details, and find the DeviceInstanceID (which Vista calls "Device
    Instance Path").

    2. In Regedit, open HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI or
    HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB.

    3. Open the subkey that corresponds to the DeviceInstanceID. You
    might have to go down more than one level.

    4. Modify the value of "DeviceDesc". You might have to right-click
    the registry key and change the permissions to give yourself full
    control.

    I don't work for Microsoft, so promise that you won't sue me, either,
    if you mess up your system. :-)

    I can't get that to work in Vista. Even when I run Regedit as
    Administrator and give Everyone full control, I get an error trying to
    write the value's new contents.

    I wonder if the reason you got "#2" in the network adapter name is
    that something changed the NIC's Device Instance Path. There might be
    more than one entry for the device under the PCI or USB key. If so,
    here's something that might work (but I haven't tried it):

    1. Start Vista in Safe mode with networking.

    2. Open a command prompt window as Administrator.

    3. Type these command lines:

    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
    cd %SystemRoot%\System32
    start devmgmt.msc

    4. In Device Manager, click View > "Show hidden devices".

    5. If there are multiple instances of the NIC, remove all of them.

    6. Reboot normally to reinstall the NIC.

    What's the XP registry hack that you can use when another network
    connection by that name is already being used?
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    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

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    Steve
  11. #11

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    Thanks a million, Steve! Don't worry, I won't sue anyone. I followed your
    first list of instructions for the registry.

    I opened the HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI list of entries, but
    there is no DeviceInstanceID subkey, and the DeviceDesc key doesn't contain
    the information for the name of the adapter by which Vista identifies my
    network card. The FriendName subkey, though, is the one corresponding to the
    "#2". I gave myself full permissions and managed to delete the "#2". Thanks
    again for pointing this out!!

    As for checking for multiple entries in the Device Instance Path, I haven't
    checked those yet but I will as soon as I'm done writing this reply.

    The XP registry hack to rename the Network Connections name is the same as
    the one I used successfully in Vista hoping it was a related entry to the
    FriendName one:

    HLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet2\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. Then I just
    looked for the subentry that contained the FriendlyName subkey with the name
    of my network card. I didn't need to change the permissions to change the
    Network Connection name.

    Cheers and thanks a lot!!

    Delta_J

    "Steve Winograd [MVP]" wrote:
     
    delta_J
  12. #12

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager

    In article <com>,
    delta_J <microsoft.com> wrote: 

    Good.
     

    I didn't say to look for a subkey named DeviceInstanceID. Look for a
    subkey with the same name that appears under Device Instance Path in
    the network adapter's properties. On my computers, those names start
    with VEN_xxxx&DEV_xxxx&SUBSYS_xxxxxxxx&REV_xx.

    I don't see a subkey named FriendName or FriendlyName for any network
    adapters on my Vista computers. I wonder why you do and I don't.
     

    I didn't suggest checking Device Instance Path. I suggested booting
    in Safe mode, showing hidden devices, and looking for multiple copies
    of the same device.
     

    Thanks.
     

    You're welcome!
     
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    Best Wishes,
    Steve Winograd, MS-MVP (Windows Networking)

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group
    for everyone to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions
    addressed directly to me in E-mail or news groups.

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Program
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
    Steve
  13. #13

    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager


    What you need to do is enable hidden devices in Device Manager an
    remove all the old devices with the old numbers (ie, #1, #2, #3). Se
    here for instruction

    '| Windows Vista Guide |: How to Remove Unused Drivers and Devices
    (http://windowsaddict.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-to-remove-unused-drivers-and.html

    Then to reset the numbering for new devices. Load regedit and go her

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Ne twork\{big long he
    number}\Description

    There will be a few hex numbers after \Network\ but it'll be the on
    with the "Descriptions" branch. Under this branch you'll see all th
    numbering strings. Juts delete the ones you want to reset

    Then go back to Device Manger and select "Scan for Hardware Changes

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    Re: cannot rename network adapter in Device Manager


    Thanks a lot glob this solution worked like a charm I used this becaus
    somehow windows perfmon does not like the "#" on the instance name, no
    I can use my lcd display to monitor my network traffic
    thanks!!!

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