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Lost wireless connection when added loopback adaptor

Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I'm attempting to add a loopback adaptor for Oracle on my laptop.  I'm a novice with network connectivity and configurations.  My OS is Windows XP Pro.

These are the steps I took to add the adaptor:
Double-click Add Hardware to start the Add Hardware wizard.
In the Welcome window, click Next.
In the Is the hardware connected? window, select Yes, I have already connected the hardware, and click Next.
In the The following hardware is already installed on your computer window, in the list of installed hardware, select Add a new hardware device, and click Next.
In the The wizard can help you install other hardware window, select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list, and click Next.
From the list of hardware types, select the type of hardware you are installing window, select Network adapters, and click Next.
In the Select Network Adapter window, make the following selections:
Manufacturer: Select Microsoft.
Network Adapter: Select Microsoft Loopback Adapter.
Click Next.
In the The wizard is ready to install your hardware window, click Next.
In the Completing the Add Hardware Wizard window, click Finish.
Right-click My Network Places on the desktop and choose Properties. This displays the Network Connections Control Panel.
Right-click the connection that was just created. This is usually named "Local Area Connection 2". Choose Properties.
On the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, click Use the following IP address and do the following:
IP Address: Enter a non-routable IP for the loopback adapter. Oracle recommends the following non-routable addresses:
192.168.x.x (x is any value between 0 and 255)  - I ENTERED THIS ONE
Subnet mask: Enter
Record the values you entered, which you will need later in this procedure.
Leave all other fields empty.
Click OK.
Click OK.
Close Network Connections.
Restart the computer.

At this point, my wireless configration was gone and I couldn't get it back.
Going back to My Network Places I noticed only the Loopback Adaptor was in the LAN or High-Speed Internet area.  My Wireless Network Connection was gone.
I then uninstalled the Loopback Adaptor via Device Manager and I still couldn't get back the "find" the wireless device.

Any help in what I did wrong is appreciated.

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