Manually Deleting a Network Bridge

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 June 2009 / Last Updated on 23 Jan. 2009]

Getting around the error message when deleting in the Network Connections window.

As you may know, Windows offers a bridge feature where you can select two network connections, right-click and create a Network Bridge. You are supposed to be able to remove or delete the Network Bridge by right-clicking its icon and choosing Delete. Sometimes, though, you may receive an error when doing so, such as "An unexpected error occurred while configuring the Network Bridge”


However, you can manually delete it from Device Manager. Simply select the bridge entry under the Network Adapters section and click Uninstall.


If you have connectivity problems after doing this manual removal, the network adapter’s protocols may still be disabled. On the Network Connections window, right-click the adapter and click Properties. Then enable the desired protocols, or at least TCP/IP, and click Close. 



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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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