Windows 10: Missing Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter - Is it needed?

Discus and support Missing Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter - Is it needed? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I've been trying to install a Netgear AC1200 WIFI USB Adapter so that I can create a virtual hotspot using that device. I'm trying to set it up so that... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by westlight, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. westlight Win User

    Missing Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter - Is it needed?


    I've been trying to install a Netgear AC1200 WIFI USB Adapter so that I can create a virtual hotspot using that device. I'm trying to set it up so that I can use my Express VPN with Chromecast.


    So in the process of trying to get things to connect I noticed that when looking in the Device Manager that the Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter is now gone. I have activated the "Show hidden devices" but nothing. It was there.


    I cannot create a Mobile Hotspot. I get the error message (We cannot set up a mobile hotspot) when I try to do so in the Network and Internet settings window.


    Is there a way to re-install the Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter? I didn't know if it could be downloaded and re-installed. I have read several post on this forum but have had no luck.


    This is a system I built. Here are basic specs.


    Windows 10 Version 1903 (OS Build 18362.295)



    ASRock Z370 Extreme4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

    :)
     
    westlight, Aug 21, 2019
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  2. MeAtMe Win User

    Missing the "Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter". Where to install?

    I seem to be missing "Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter " on a laptop. I've already enabled "Show Hidden Devices" in the Device Manager, and it's not listed.

    The reason I need it: I want to project laptop # 1 onto that laptop. I'm getting an error message "We're still trying to determine the feature capabilities" error message when I try to to project to laptop #2. The system requirements, including Windows
    build version, seem to be sufficient. The Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter seems to be the only thing I'm missing.
     
    MeAtMe, Aug 21, 2019
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  3. Wi-Fi virtual adapter

    I am unable to create a wi-fi hotspot on my laptop (HP pavillion ab-032tx model) after upgrading to windows 10. I cannot find Microsoft WI-Fi direct Virtual adapter in the listed adapters (control pannel->network sharing center) . However Microsoft Wi-Fi
    direct Virtual adapter and Microsoft Wi-Fi direct Virtual adapter #2 are listed in hidden drivers (device manager-> view tab, faded icons). Upon checking for hardware changes, there are no unkown devices being shown. Microsoft Wi-Fi direct Virtual adapter
    #3 is also found in the view tab , but its icon is not faded. All my drivers are updated. Still i am unable to create a hotspot. Pl help me with the same.
     
    Revati Joshi, Aug 21, 2019
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  4. zc2712 Win User

    Missing Microsoft Direct Virtual wi-fi adapter - Is it needed?

    Microsoft Direct Virtual Wi-Fi Adapter

    How can I remove Microsoft Virtual Direct Wi Fi Adapter.

    I see under device manager I see Microsoft virtual direct wi fi adapter. If I remove it, delete it , it comes back. I can only disable it.

    This is what I know and I investigated to find out.

    **** This is a feature which is used to create hotspot make the pc/laptop as a hotspot for other computers to connect to or covertly connect to the computer. ( my issue on my laptop ).

    problem:

    when I do ipconfig/all it list a Microsoft Direct virtual Wi-Fi Adapter as active. even though I never activated this, I don't even know how to activate this.

    I am try to deactivate virtual adapter. I am not able to do .

    I tried using netsh wlan disallow.., it doesn't work. it the virtual adapter stays activated.

    I also tried network reset, no change.

    I formatted hard drive and reinstalled windows. no change.

    I used recovery media to wipe out hard drive and install the factory defaults. no effect.

    I have windows 10 home edition. ( this windows is not even compatible with hyper-v virtual features.

    I AM UNABLE TO REMOVE OR DE-ACTIVATE THIS VIRTUAL ADAPTER.

    I have contacted Lenovo, they couldn't help me.

    I called couple of support professional website they couldn't help they didn't know much about network/adapters.

    need help!!!
     
    zc2712, Aug 21, 2019
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