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"Local Area Connection" won't stay disabled

Posted on 2007-04-06
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I have a brand-new notebook with Windows XP MCE on it.  It has wireless and wired ethernet.  I'd like to disable the wired ethernet, and, indeed, Windows lets me disable it.

But...  If I reboot, or if I attach a plug-and-play device, the "Local Area Connection" magically re-enables itself!  How can I get "Local Area Connection" to STAY disabled?

I have disabled the actual Ethernet adapter in Device Manager too, but that enables itself as well.

This is insane!
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Question by:tchris
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Try going into network connections and disabling it.. But with the nature of plug and play it will probably reappear.. This is a feature of the operating system.. 'cause you may at one time just want to use it.. so it makes it available for you... Try looking in the bios and see if you can disable it there.. if you can it will never reappear.
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by:and235100
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Yes - as ve3ofa says - disabling it in the bios setup is the best idea.

But - is it such a big deal that the connection re-enables itself? Why are you trying to disable it?

If we knew that - we may be able to come up with an alternative.
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by:tchris
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It's just an annoyance that the tray icon constantly pops up to tell me that a network cable is disconnected.  So, really, there are TWO bugs at work.

1.  The connection and/or network adapter won't stay disabled once it's(they're) disabled
2.  The "Notify me when this connection has limited or no connectivity" option is ignored.  (It's unchecked, but the notifications happen anyway.)

Disabling the Ethernet port in the BIOS is a viable workaround, but I'd like the Windows XP feature to work properly.  Is that too much to ask on a brand-new computer?
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by:and235100
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Try:

Line 11
Enable/Disable Balloon Tips or >>Disable All<< (this one)
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
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and235100 earned 250 total points
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You could also have a look at

Line 392 - Enable/Disable - Network Connection
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Run this .vbs as a startup or login script - then the connection would be disabled automatically
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by:tchris
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I'm accepting your solution, since that is a reasonable workaround.  However, it doesn't fix the root problem, so I'm giving a B rather than an A.

Thanks all for your help!
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by:and235100
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That's fine - no problem.

The only thing is, by definition - a "workaround" sometimes is the only "solution"!

;)
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