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Local Area Connection Adapter is disabled

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What are the reasons due to which Local Area Connection Adapter may get disabled?

LAN (Local Area Network) is used commonly so as to set-up a Local Area Connection. LAN is a group of computers and associated devices which would share a common communication line. Usually it is connected through telephone lines and through radio waves. Then, as each node in a LAN would have its own CPU, users could share expensive devices such as laser printers easily. A suite of application programs are kept on the LAN server and the users who require the application could download it. Through the LAN server the user could share files with others. This LAN is very useful so as to share resources like files, printers, games and other applications.

The following are the reasons due to which Local Area Connection Adapter may get disabled and the tips to fix such problems:

  • Reasons
  • Enable Local Area Connection Adapter
  • Ensure the drivers


There might be a number of reasons due to which the local area connection adapter may get disabled. Sometimes unknowingly you might have disabled Local Area Connection Adapter. Then when there are problems with the driver for Local Area Connection Adapter then also this issue would occur. When this issue occurs you would not be able to connect to the Internet. Thus it is necessary to fix this issue as soon as you detect it.

Enable Local Area Connection Adapter

In order to prevent the issues that are caused when Local Area Connection Adapter is disabled, you would have to enable it. For that, first, you would have to go to Control Panel in Start Menu and choose Network connections. Then you would have to see whether your adapters are listed in it. If the adapter is disabled then you need to right click on it and click on Enable.

Ensure the drivers

The Drivers are the one which favors the functioning of devices in your PC. So if the Local Area Connection Adapter driver is not installed properly and if the adapter is not being detected by Add New Hardware Wizard then your Local Area Connection Adapter gets disabled. Thus, in order to resolve this issue you would have to install the drivers properly. If the adapter is not detected, you need to set-up the adapter manually in the Device Manager.

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