How to Change a Network Adapter Name in Windows Vista

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Network adapters are a great tool that allow to connect several computers, whether it's for the home or a small office, to one network interface. A problem with shared networks, though, is security. People can pick up another network without you knowing and all of your information is automatically jeopardized. One way to thwart this issue is by changing the name of your network adapter. If you use Windows Vista, the steps are fairly simple. Changing the adapter name should not be confused with changing the name of the connection.

  • Open "Device Manager" in Windows Vista by clicking on "Start," then "Control Panel" and then select "System and Maintenance," which will show you the "Device Manager" button. Go to the "Properties" page of the adapter you want to rename, then select "Details" and find "Device Instance Path."

  • Load Regedit. To load Regedit, hit "Start,"select "Run" then type in regedit in the text box. The Registry Editor window will open.

  • Give yourself permission to edit your registry by clicking on "Edit" in the registry, then select "Permissions" and select the boxes that allow full permission and "Apply" the changes.

  • Select and open the Registry Editor subfolder HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\PCI or HLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB and open the subkey that corresponds to the DeviceInstanceID and be sure to select "Enable Hidden Devices." Then on the "FriendName" subkey, change the name your network adapter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be very careful when modifying your registry as changes can damage your operating system.

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