There are some situations where you will have to turn off network adapters in either Windows or Ubuntu machines. For instance, if you have multiple adapters or interfaces, and you want to make sure that some are not used, then you should disable it.

Disabling a network interface on a computer prevents that adapter from connecting to resouces. It will stay disabled until you re-enable it. So, if you want to learn how to perform this basic function in either Windows or Ubuntu, continue reading below. Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 may be different, but are almost similar in many functions. Almost anything you do in Windows 7 can be done in Ubuntu 12.04, and disabling your network adapters is one of them.


  • Disable Network Adapters in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

How to Disable Network Adapters in Windows 7

To disable a network adapter in Windows 7,  go to Start –> and search for ‘Network and Sharing Center’




Next, click ‘Change adapter settings’




Then right-click on the adapter you wish to disable and select ‘Disable’




That’s it!


How to Disable Network Adapters in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

To disable network interfaces in Ubuntu 12.04, go to the ‘Control Gear –> System Settings’




Then select the ‘Network’ folder




Next, select the network interface on the left (wired or wireless) and click ‘Options’




Finally, select ‘IPv4 Settings’ tab and choose ‘Disable’ for method and save.