Windows 8 is the most recent operating system developed by Microsoft, which comes integrated with an advanced user interface called the Metro user interface. The operating system has features that allows user to enable or disable a network device connected to the computer from the Control Panel option. Windows 8 support is available for changing the network connection from one network to another by enabling or disabling the network devices. You make use of this procedure when your computer is connected to internet via more than one connection line.
You can switch the network connection following the steps given below if the connection you are currently using becomes slow. The above steps can also be used to troubleshoot the network adapters by just disabling and re- enabling them. Most of the issues can be corrected in this way. However always make sure to select the correct device from the list for disabling or enabling, as only then can the issue be solved.
- Click on the extreme lower left corner of the screen to open the Windows 8 Metro Start screen and then select the option named Control Panel from it.
- Find the More Settings option in the Control Panel menu list and click on it.
- Choose the View network status and tasks option found under the Network and internet option and click on it.
- In the window that opens, look for the option named Change adapter settings and click on it to view network connection options.
- You will be able to see all the devices that are connected to your system in the network connections window. Now look for the network device that you would like to disable and then select the device by clicking on it. Now go to the top of the window and then click on the option named Disable the network device to disable the device.
- To enable the network device, follow the same steps and select the device you would like to enable, and click on the option named Enable found in the network connections window.