Windows 7 – Cannot remove from network bridge

Just had a very weird issue on Windows 7, where I was unable to remove a network connection from a network bridge I’d setup.

The normal way of doing it is described on the Microsoft website. However, right clicking on the network connection had the “Remove from bridge” option greyed out, meaning I couldn’t remove it. I was also unable to delete the Bridge miniport itself from within Manage network connections.

To fix this, we can brute force the removal:

  1. Open up Device Manager
  2. Expand “Network Connections”
  3. Right click on the MAC bridge miniport
  4. Uninstall it

As your bridge has been uninstalled, your connections should now be removed from the network bridge 🙂

By Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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