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How to remove hardware?

We have a 2003 SBS STD box. One of our NICs had died and has been replaced with another that has taken on its IP stack. Problem is, Windows still remembers the old NIC and has the IP stack assigned to it - it throws an error when we try to assign the same stack to the new NIC. Good thing is that we can ignore the error, but its annoying.

In Win2k there was an option to remove hardware and you could resolve this problem by doing that. In 2k3 you only have the option to add... I remember seeing some other way to get it to release the IP stack of a dead NIC but I forgot how...
Networking Hardware-OtherWindows Server 2003SBS

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Tyson0317

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Daryl Ponting

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Brian Pierce

You need to enable the viewing of non-present devices

from the command line run

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1  [Enter]

cd\%SystemRoot%\System32 [Enter]

start devmgmt.msc  [Enter]

This will allow you to see the card in device manager (show hidden devices may be needed as well) and you can then remove it and free up the IP address
Daryl Ponting

Good answer!
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Tyson0317

You, I tried that before posting, but I guess just didnt see it in all the other extra stuff that appeared... KCTS, I tried your method, for some reason it didnt work. No errors, but just didnt show hidden devices...

Going to VIEW and selecting it worked great though...
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