How to remove old network connections or devices from Windows XP

So, for some reason I don’t want to know, you want to remove your old network connections from Windows XP, but you can’t seem to find them?
You can see them when you run “netsh interface show interface”, but that’s about the only place they show up? You’ve tried using the device manager and told it to “show hidden devices” and they still won’t show up?

Don’t worry, help is here :)

The problem lies in the fact that the device manager in Windows XP doesn’t show devices that aren’t connected to your system. So, the old NIC simply doesn’t show up, because it isn’t connected to your system anymore.
The same goes for any other device, by the way. An old USB stick, USB harddrive, your old CRT or LCD monitor, they’re all in there, but you can’t seem to remove them.

Do the following to get device manager to work the way you want:

  1. Start a command prompt:
    Start -> Run -> “cmd.exe” <enter>
  2. At the command prompt, type the following command , and then press ENTER:
    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
  3. Type the following command at the same command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    start devmgmt.msc

The device manager will start and when you do “View -> Show hidden devices” , all old and unconnected devices will show up, so you can troubleshoot them, delete them or be amazed at how many devices you’ve had connected to your system but forgot about.

Happy removing :)

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