Install A Loopback Adapter on Windows 7

The Microsoft Loopback adapter is a groovy little tool originally designed for testing network configurations.  Over time, however, many other uses have been found for it – such as networking two computers together without using a cross-over Ethernet cable and connecting virtual machines to the internet.  We’ve covered setup for the loopback adapter in XP and Vista but for reasons unknown Microsoft annoyingly decided to hide the “Add New Hardware Wizard” in Windows 7.  This arrangement changes the setup process around and can make it tough to start, so here is a new groovy How-To guide just for installing the Windows 7 Loopback adapter!

How To Setup A Loopback Adapter On Windows 7

1. Click the Start Menu Orb. In the search box Type hdwwiz and then Click the hdwwize.exe program link.


2. Now the Add Hardware wizard should be open.  Click Next through the first page, and then on the second Select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)Click Next to continue.

Windows 7 Networking Screenshot - click the install the hardware that I manually select forma list (Advanced)

3. Scroll down the list and select Network Adapters then Click Next.

Windows 7 Networking Screenshot - select network adapters

4. Give the next window a moment to load, and then click Microsoft and Select Microsoft Loopback Adapter then Click Next.

Windows 7 Networking Screenshot select microsoft > microsoft loopback adapter

Now the Microsoft Loopback Adapter should be installed, and it will show up in your network connections window.  From here you can easily configure your adapter to do whatever you’d like.

Windows 7 Networking Screenshot - the Microsoft Loopback adapter visible in the network connections window



  1. Thanks an eye to acutely attractive article. He was really helpful. Highly recommend.

  2. Chris  

    Awesome & simple instructions!

  3. jiyas  

    thanx… how to manualy open “add hardware wizard” without hdwwiz command????

  4. kriss  

    it seems like i dont have to microsoft loopback as a choice to pick as i do the same things as u do, i have gotten into the last step, but i cant pick loopback since its not a choice. what should i do? is it possible to download it?

  5. Mullaiselvan. M  

    Thanks for clear presentation.

  6. Ramesh  

    Great help;
    Make the installation smooth…..
    Thank you.

  7. farra  

    THANK YOU!!!

  8. dylon  

    i dont have network connections, atleast i dont see it, the only N I have in all control panel items, is network and sharing center

  9. Good Stuff  

    Thanks heaps. Good easy tute.

  10. ya  

    thanks .simply help me

  11. Thanks. I need this to setup SDM on GNS3 :)

  12. Mina  

    Thank you very much. this was so helpful. I spend hours truing to find out how to install the adaptor. I am a student and was about to give up and then I found this information form you. Thanks a lot.

  13. Terrence  

    Thank for posting this. Windows 7 does seem to hide simple things easily available in XP

  14. Gonzalo  

    Thanks… Really smooth. Plus it is the first hit in Google, just took me 5 minutes to solve the problem.

  15. Lacko  

    Hi, thank you for your help!

  16. Kiran  

    Thanks its help me lot

  17. Thanks mate, it really helped … i did it for 15 seconds .. while i was on microsoft site and reading it i spend more than an hour without doing anything … THANK YOU !

  18. Blackhole  

    THANKS very much , it helped , i love you guys!

    • hassan  

      thank a lot bro ,it helped me a lot

  19. Dilip  

    Thanks a lot dear

  20. federico  

    thanks you saved my day!

  21. jk  

    thanks…. very helpful

  22. Thierry  

    Working fine, thanks very much Steve

  23. BJ  

    Alternatively, you can open Device Manager, right click your ComputerName (the top most item) and select “Add Legacy Hardware”

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