Saturday, 30 July 2016

Remove WAN Miniports Easy Way... [Updated 3rd Sep]

A wide area network mini port (WAN mini port) is a 
driver that permits alternative connection methods in Windows XP and later version of Windows such as point-to-point protocol over Ethernet (PPoE) and wireless networking making WAN setup possible.

Some times it override the WiFi driver. In that case WiFi stops working until WAN Miniports are removed or disabled.

Note: Hey guys it seems Microsoft has fixed this issue in KB3194496 update. So just update your Windows....if problem remains proceed as follows.

Follow Below Steps to Get Rid of WAN Miniports:-

Step 1. Go To Device Manager> Network Adapters 
    WAN Miniports should be there if not, go to view, select 'Show Hidden Devices'
Step 2. Now you got WAN Miniports, DISABLE them.
Step 3. Right Click on Windows Start Menu Icon, Select 'RUN' Type "regedit" click Enter.
Step 4. Go To HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE> SYSTEM> CurrentControlSet>Control> Class>{4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Step 5. Right Click Select Export and Save it somewhere such that if something went wrong.
Step 6. Under {4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318} 

Select each Folder (1) & Notice 'DriverDesc' (2) If Its Data Contain 'WAN Miniport(****)' or 'ms_****miniport' (3) DELETE it
Step 7. Restart PC in 'Safe Mode with Networks'.
Step 8. Open Device Manager & UNINSTALL all WAN Miniports.
Step 9. Restart PC. Congratulation YOU MADE IT...!!!

If WAN Miniports reappeared do as follows:-

  • Go To 'RUN'. Type "services.msc".
  • Locate 'Remote Access Connection Manager'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Right Click on it & make it Stop.
  • Again Right Click on it, select properties & Disable it.
  • Do the same with 'Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service'

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  1. what happens if i uninstall wan miniport

  2. I believe that if you remove/uninstall WAN Miniport that you will be unable to use a VPN if you need to. (or you will have to allow them to reintall if you want to use a VPN)

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  5. Hi,
    Is there a way to do it through Group Policy (Win 10 pro)?
    Thank you

  6. One other thing that's likely to clear up this issue is installing the latest LAN drivers. I know there was one batch of Intel Ethernet Controller/LAN drivers that caused this issue repeatedly on my networks. Installing the latest drivers cleared it up.

  7. So I had a laptop that failed , bad power supply.
    The hard drive is fine .
    Sincey laptop was AMD based and so is my desktop I put the laptop hard drive into my desktop.
    As expected most of the drivers in my laptop work in my desktop with the exception of my WiFi card in the desktop it causes the system to crash when trying too connect to my router.
    If I don't connect it loads and runs just fine.