Add Hardware in Windows 7 – Loopback Adapter


Adding hardware in Windows 7 is a little different than it use to be in previous versions of Windows.  I recently needed to install a loopback adapter on my main laptop (I have 3 machines running Windows 7), and stumbled for a second before getting to what I needed.  So, here’s a short guide on how to install hardware (specifically a loopback adapter) on Windows 7.

  1. Click Start, and Search for Programs and Files.  Do a search for “hdwwiz.exe”

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  2. In the Programs search results, right-click on hdwwiz and select Run as administrator.

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  3. You’ll then have the familiar wizard for Add Hardware.
  4. On the first screen of the wizard, select Advanced and click Next.

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  5. For hardware category, select Network Adapters and click Next.

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  6. On the Select Network Adapter screen, select Microsoft for the Manufacturer and Microsoft Loopback Adapter for the Network Adapter. Click Next.

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  7. Confirm your selections, and viola!
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