How to Force uninstall of problematic network adaptors (says device required to boot)
Posted on 2008-06-26
Attempting to resolve issue with sons' computer continually rebootiing. That issue was resolved by performing repair XP install from CD. XP install program saw existing \Windows folder, and PC now boots with existing apps intact. Now dealing with lockup issue when installing Realtek ethernet driver. At device manager, have entry for "Parallel Adaptor", and several entries for "WAN Miniport (etc, etc)"
I can't uninstall w/o getting message "Failed to uninstall the device. The device may be required to boot up the computer." (Even in Safe Mode.)
My initial thoughts were to track down the driver filenames (from properties, driver details), and rename them in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder, "forcing" an uninstall. Any thoughts would be appreciated.