Wireless connection has become an indispensable part of our life. We look for free Wi-Fi at bus and train stations, airports, co-working spaces, cafes, etc. Some of you may know that you can turn your own computer into a wireless device, just by using Virtual Wi-Fi, the new feature in Windows 7. What this software does is basically create extra virtual adapters from your computer’s embedded network. These wireless networks can work in two main modes:
- When the devices are directly connected to one another. This mode produces an ‘ad-hoc mode’ connection. You only use this type of connection when you cannot use a Wi-Fi hotspot.
- The device is connected through a hotspot, using the “Access Point-AP”. This mode is called the “Infrastructure Mode” and is mainly used along with a wireless router connected to the internet.
You can’t really use both of these options at the same time, and that’s the virtual mini port that has become the solution to the widening scope of wireless connection. Unfortunately, not all devices can streamline the transition. That’s why errors may occur in your system when you try to use the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi mini port adapter. We’ve collected some information on troubleshooting for different cases and urge you to take care and pick the right fix for your personal device.
What is the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi miniport and how to use it?
Without boring you with excessive technical detail, the Virtual Wi-Fi in Windows 7 is a technology that allows turning one wireless router into many virtual ones. Notably, each of these new ones will be able to establish its own connection to different wireless networks. The uses are extensive:.
- First of all, you can cover more physical space when your repeat the signal and thus extend the coverage area.
- Secondly, you can create a network for all your devices (phones, cameras, printers, laptops) for easy access to all of them.
- And finally, a Wi-Fi network that has a static IP address is a better option for becomes an easy connection for new devices that can instantly connect.
So, how to fix the Microsoft virtual Wi-Fi miniport adapter issue on Windows 7 in 2018? Some users reported that this error occurs with the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter when you check in the Device Manager. On the icon, you will find a yellow mark, which functions as a sign that an update is needed. You’ll keep getting the error implying that your driver is not up to date. This error will make it impossible to connect to another network or to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. So, the faster you fix it, the better.
There are ways to ensure that you won’t have to deal with this error, of course. You can install Auslogics Driver Updater, and it will schedule the scans for driver updates for you. Considering how many important things we need to keep track of trusting the program to update the drivers for you, seems like a worthwhile approach. We would advise, as a free bonus, to install Auslogics Registry Cleaner because some of the less obvious errors can pop up and slow down your computer.
Some other fixes for this error may include:
- Reinstalling the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter driver
- Disabling the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport Adapter service
Unfortunately, these are not fail-proof and depending on the overall system functioning, your personal computer can be overridden with viruses and bad sectors. Such a state would prevent it from successfully running while appreciating the handiness of the Virtual Wi-Fi miniport Adapter. That is why we urge you to take preventive measures and install software that will help restore the optimal performance.