Installing the Microsoft Loopback Adapter in Windows XP
Some server applications require a network connection to function. Adenium Systems DFS is an online planroom that needs to see a network for full functionality. Normally, this isn’t a problem when your connected to a large network at work, but if you have a laptop on the road, you’ll need to create a network connection.
This can be done by hardwiring a loopback adapter, or using the one implemented by software in Windows XP. The Microsoft Loopback Adapter is primarily a testing tool for creating a virtual network for your computer. It’s not obvious how it can be installed, so I’ve outlined it in the following steps.
- Open Control Panel.
- Select Add Hardware and click Next.
- Select Yes, I have already connected the hardware and click Next.
- Scroll to the bottom of the Installed hardware list and select Add a new hardware device. Click Next.
- Select Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced), and click Next.
- Scroll down Common hardware types and select Network adapters. Click Next.
- Select Microsoft from the Manufacture, and then select Microsoft Loopback Adapter from the Network adapter list. Click Next.
- A message will be displayed that your about to install the loopback adapter. Click Next.
- The driver is then installed. Press Finish to complete the process.
That’s it! This is quite a few steps to install but worth the effort. You may see the network icon with a warning symbol appear in your system tray. This is just indicating limited or no connectivity. It’s nothing to worry about.
What you might want to do next is open your Network Connections (it’s normally on the desktop) and edit loopback adapter name. It will be given a default name, such as Local Area Connection 3. You can right click on it and rename it Microsoft Loopback Adapter. This is just for easily identifying it among other network drivers that are installed.