How to Disable Network Adapters (WiFi and Ethernet) on Windows 10

Apr 13, 2020
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Windows 10 offers tons of features and controls to make your PC your own. But there are still some controls that aren't as easy to discover or use. For example, you might be able to turn off the WiFi from the system tray but what if you have an Ethernet connection? Here is how you can disable network adapters on Windows 10.

Enable / disable network adapters on Windows 10 using Control Panel:

  1. Open the Start menu and type control panel in the search bar. Click on the Control Panel app to proceed.
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  2. Select the Network and Internet tab from the Control Panel.
  3. Choose the Network and Sharing Center by clicking on it in the Network and Internet tab.
  4. Click on Change adapter settings to open the Network Connections menu.
  5. Right-click on the Ethernet adapter and select Disable.
    Enable or Disable Network Adapters in Windows 10
  6. The status of the Ethernet adapter would switch from Enabled to Disabled.

You can also disable your Wi-Fi and LAN connections from this menu as all you have to do is repeat Step 5 on each of the present network connections. In order to revert the changes and turn on your network connections on Windows 10, right-click on any disabled network from the list and select Enable.

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Using the Command Prompt:

  1. Open the Start menu and type cmd in the search bar. Right-click on the Command Prompt app and select Run as Administrator. The system will prompt for permission, simply click on Yes to proceed.
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  2. Type the command below and press Enter to reveal active network connections on your Windows 10 PC.

    netsh interface show interface 

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  3. The status of the network connection that you wish to disable along with the Interface Name would appear.
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  4. Simply type the command below and the term “Ethernet” would be replaced by the name of your adapter. The ethernet connection is named Ethernet by default in Windows 10, which makes it easier to figure out. But, in case of a custom assigned name, you need to replace the term “Ethernet” from the command below with that custom name.

    netsh interface set interface Ethernet disable

  5. There will not be any kind of confirmation once the command has been executed. You can see that the Command Prompt is now ready to receive another command which indicates that the previous one has been successfully executed.
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In order to replicate this process on Windows Powershell, simply open Windows PowerShell from the Start menu and Run as Administrator by following Step 1. Follow the commands and press Enter to execute accordingly and disable network adapters on Windows 10.

Using the Device Manager:

  1. Right-click the Start menu and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. In the Device Manager, simply expand the Network adapters’ menu.
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  3. Right-click on the Ethernet, LAN, of Wi-Fi driver from the list that you wish to disable and click on Disable device to continue.
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  4. The computer would prompt you that this could cause some of the network features to malfunction. Select Yes to proceed.
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  5. The status of the device can be observed as the icon changes, and now you have successfully disabled network connections on Windows 10.

These steps can help you disable network connections on Windows 10 within a matter of seconds and also eliminate the hassle of physically removing the network cables from your PC.

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