How to install Microsoft Loopback Adapter on Windows 7?

The Microsoft Loopback adapter is a testing tool for a virtual network environment where network access is not available. You can bind network clients, protocols, and other network configuration items to the Loopback adapter, and you can install the network adapter driver or network adapter later while retaining the network configuration information. You can also install the Loopback adapter during the unattended installation process.

To install  Microsoft Loopback adapter in Windows 7 –

1. Click Start – Search for cmd, right-click “cmd” and select “Run as Administrator”.

2. From the command prompt, run or type “hdwwiz.exe“ & hit Enter. This should launch the “Add Hardware Wizard“. Click “Next”. Alternatively, you may skip steps 1 & 2 by launching the “Add Hardware Wizard” as –

“Computer” (right click->Properties) -> “Device Manager” -> “Network Adapters”(left click)
From the Menu bar, select “Action” -> “Add legacy hardware”

3. Select “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)” and click Next.

4. Now from the list select “Network Adapters” and click “Next”.

5. Under Manufacturers, select “Microsoft” and select “Microsoft Loopback Adapter” under “Network Adapter” and click “Next”. This should start the installation. Click “Finish” when the installation completes.

To confirm the loopback adapter installed, right-click “Computer”, select “properties”. Click “Device Manager” and expand “Network Adapters” and you can see the Loopback adapter installed there.

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