How to Remove Hidden Network? (4 Methods)

By Puja Chatterjee on May 17, 2023

You may see one or a couple of hidden networks in Windows, which will not allow you to assign a previously used static IP address to a new network interface. In such a situation, you will need to remove it.

There are a couple of ways in which you can perform this task. If you are not aware of the steps to follow, do not fret because, fortunately, you are reading an article that will tell you about them all.


Why Do You Need to Remove the Hidden Network?

You may want to remove a hidden network, especially when you want to allot a static IP address, which you used earlier, to a new network interface.

You will also need to remove these hidden networks because the deactivated NICs remain in the system and might cause some issues while performing some specific tasks, such as:

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Now that you know the reason to remove the hidden networks, take a look at the methods to follow.

Ways to Remove Hidden Network

How to Remove Hidden Network

You can run different commands through the Command Prompt or PowerShell to remove the hidden networks. Apart from that, you must also remove the hidden devices, if any, from the Device Manager.

There are also a couple of proven ways to remove hidden networks from a PC, such as:

Continue reading to learn the specific steps to follow for each of these methods in order to remove hidden networks from your PC successfully.

Method 1: Using the Command Prompt and Device Manager

You can run a command in the Command Prompt and then open the hidden devices in the Device Manager to remove them.


start devmgmt.msc

Show hidden devices

Network adapters

Method 2: Remove the Old Network Interface Cards

There may be some old Network Interface Cards (NICs) still existing in your registry. Removing the IP configuration of these cards will also remove the hidden networks, if these cards are the culprits.

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Then, access the IP settings of the NICs by opening the following registry keys in this order:

Here, you will see some Interface GUID keys. Check them one by one to find an IP address value that is allotted to the old network interface.

Interface GUID keys

Make a note of the names of the registry key/keys.

Assuming that the key of an old NIC is {0711f560-d255-4024-8e3e-9fae1d582c30} and you want to remove it, follow these steps:

Delete {0711f560-d255-4024-8e3e-9fae1d582c30}

Follow the same steps to delete the same from the Services key under the CurrentControlSet folder.

Now restart your system. Try to allot the earlier static IP address to a new network adapter.

At this point, you may also reset the network by going to Settings > Network and Internet > Network Reset.

Method 3: Add Filter to the System

If you want to remove a specific type of hidden or unused network, such as BSNL, from your system, you will need to block it by using a specific command.


(Here, replace BSNL by the name of the particular network you want to remove.)

netsh wlan add filter permission=block ssid=BSNL networktype=infrastructure

This will add a filter to the system and block the particular network you want to remove.

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Method 4: From the Router

Sometimes, there may be hidden networks in the router, which will be displayed in the Network & Internet settings box. You can disable it to remove it from the window.

You will need to visit the website of your router, login to the interface, and remove it from there.

For specific types of routers, such as TP-Link, you can disable the OneMesh feature to remove hidden networks from the router.


Select Wireless from the left panel of the window

Now, click on OneMesh. This feature will be enabled by default. Disable it by dragging the sliding switch to Off, and then click on Yes in the confirmation box.

click on OneMesh

This will take some time because the wireless network will restart to disable it. Once it is complete, no hidden networks will be displayed as they were before.


Hopefully, after reading this article, you will not worry about the hidden networks displayed on your network and internet connections any more.

You can use any of the methods described in this article to remove them and assign a static IP address used previously to a new network interface very easily.