Deactivate network adapter under Windows

If you want to deactivate the network adapter or Ethernet connection of your Windows PC , this is possible, but unfortunately Microsoft has not integrated a function with which the shutdown can be carried out quickly and easily.

Overall, we would like to present 4 options for you to deactivate the network adapter. All examples refer to Windows 10.

Disable network adapters in the network connections

The first option is that you use the shortcut ” ncpa.cpl ” to call up the network connections. There you will see the possible network adapters , as you can see below.

Disable network connections ncpa.cpl

Simply right-click on the network connection to be deactivated and confirm ” Deactivate ” in the context menu that then appears .

Deactivate the network adapter in the device manager

The second option is to deactivate the integrated network adapter directly in the Windows device manager. To do this, open the Windows tool ” devmgmt.msc ” and right-click directly on the network adapter.

Deactivate Ethernet connection device

Here is the point in the context menu that appears

Deactivate device

to select.

Deactivate network adapter via NETSH

The third and certainly fastest way is to deactivate the network connection by command. Simply open a command prompt (cmd.exe) (with administrator rights) and issue the following command.

netsh interface show interface

Below you can see the process. The first command shows you the available interface names. In this case the network connection is called ” Ethernet “.

Disable netsh network adapter

The actual command for deactivation must then still be issued. The corresponding ” interface name ” must be used.

netsh interface set interface “Ethernet” disable

The deactivation of the network adapter is no longer acknowledged, but the deactivation was carried out successfully.

Disable network adapter via PowerShell

The fourth and last option is to deactivate it using the PowerShell command. To do this, you have to open a PowerShell console with administrative rights and first query a list of the installed network adapters.

Get-NetAdapter | format-list

It looks like this:


The name of the network adapter is then output under the ” Name ” field . This name must then be inserted in the following command.

Disable-NetAdapter -Name “Name of the network adapter – Confirm: $ false

Here too, successful deactivation of the network adapter is not acknowledged.

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