Removing the Local Area Connection* 11 (or any number) in Windows 10: A Wi-Fi direct virtual adapter fix

Microsoft Wi-Fi direct virtual adapter

Microsoft Wi-Fi direct virtual adapter

Have you ever experienced having two network connections showing in the Network and Sharing settings even if your machine is connected only to a single wireless access point? If so, it could be the Microsoft Virtual adapter creating a wireless hotspot in your machine. If you have the same problem as I do and did tried the following guide below but without any results, read on.

This guide will help you put an end to that Local Area Connection* 11 and tidy up your Network and Sharing Center connections in Windows 10.

Understanding the environment

Before we head to the solution, let us first understand the environment where this problem happened. My machine (Asus G752VT) is running under Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 10 RTM to Anniversary edition, and subsequently to Creators edition). I have the Intel Wi-Fi drivers as of December 2016 and have both Shareit and Connectify installed in my machine.

Now, you may ask, “Why do I need to know these details?“. First of all, the Microsoft Wi-Fi direct virtual adapter is essential in creating Wi-Fi direct connections. Wi-Fi direct is a technology that enables two devices to connect with each other and transfer data seamlessly. This technology is used by both Shareit and Connectify to send files to other devices and share internet connection via a Wi-Fi hostspot. Therefore, it is not recommended to turn off or disable this driver / functionality. Also, if you’re on Windows 10 Creator’s update , it will affect the built-in Mobile Hotspot functionality.

Please understand that you should not:

  • Disable the network connection via the Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections or;
  • Uninstall the network driver via the Device Manager

as these actions will affect the Wi-Fi direct capability of your machine.

The fix

I went to a lot of troubles before I finally solved the problem. I even uninstalled Connectify, reinstalled my Wi-Fi drivers (which subsequently made me lost all my Wi-Fi profiles), disabled the network connection itself (Local Area Connection* 11), and uninstalled the driver from the Device Manager. Heck, I did even delete a registry key hoping to stop this phenomenon from happening.

Fortunately, I was able to find ArmsAsuncion question in Windows 10 subreddit. It gave me an idea on which setting to change on my machine to stop Windows 10 from auto creating that Wi-Fi direct Local Area Connection* 11.

To cut the story short,to fix this problem, all you need to do is change the screen mirroring setting.

The actual fix:

To proceed with the fix, set the “Projecting to this PC” setting to “Always Off” by opening Settings App > System > Projecting to PC.

Windows 10 - Projecting to screen to a PC

Windows 10 – Projecting to screen to a PC

Will it affect the screen mirroring capability of my Windows 10 machine?“.

No“.

After you have changed this setting, screen mirroring will still work. However, you will have to open the “Connect” app everytime you want to mirror or cast the screen of your device to your Windows machine.

Windows 10 Connect App

Windows 10 Connect App


And there you have it! The fix for that annoying Wi-Fi direct hotspot! Cheers!

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