Removing non-present devices from Windows 2008

I had a W2K8 vm where I was adding / removing NICs like they were going out of fashion. As a result by the end of it I had a mess of non-present devices.

So how do you fix that mess?

I found (or more accurately was advised) that I can start a command prompt and


Click on the ‘view’ / ‘Show Hidden devices’

Hey presto, there the were.

Then it’s just a case of right-click on the devices you no longer want and select uninstall.

End result is nice and neat.


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