AFD missing from Device Manager - no network connectivity

We have a customer with a virus.  Once removed, we noticed that the network connection is always "obtain an ip address.  Find DHCP cannot start because AFD does not.  We cannot start AFD due to no devices being present.  There is no AFD in under non plug-and-play drivers Device Manager.  In HKLM, there are appropriate under the currentcontrolset\services key entries.    The afd.sys file is there and has even been replaced by a good.  How you can AFD add back to the Device Manager.


If the AFD is missing from Device Manager, view, show hidden devices you can add.

Before making any changes to your registry, back up the registry with this free and popular tool:

Open Notepad to create a new text file:

Click Start, run and enter in the box:


Click OK to open a new Notepad file.

Copy and paste the following lines in bold text in the new Notepad file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"DisplayName" ="AFD".
"Description"="AFD Networking Support Environment.
'ImagePath"="\\SystemRoot\\System32\\drivers\\afd.sys '.
"Start" = DWORD: 00000001
"Type" = DWORD: 00000001
"ErrorControl" = DWORD: 00000001


"Security" = hex: 01, 00, 14, 80, 90, 00, 00, 00, 9 c, 00, 00, 00, 14, 00, 00, 00, 30, 00, 00, 00, 02,------.
00, 1 c, 00, 01, 00, 00, 00, 02, 80, 14, 00, ff, 01, 0f, 00, 01, 01, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 01, 00, 00,------.
00,00,02,00,60,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,14,00, fd, 01, 02, 00, 01, 01, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00,------.
05,12,00,00,00,00,00,18,00, ff, 01, 0f, 00, 01, 02, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 05, 20, 00, 00, 00,------.
20,02,00,00,00,00,14,00, 8 d, 01, 02, 00, 01, 01, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 05, 0, 00, 00, 00, 00,------.
00,18,00, fd, 01, 02, 00, 01, 02, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 05, 20, 00, 00, 00, 23, 02, 00, 00, 01, 01,

"0" = "Root\\LEGACY_AFD\\0000."
"Count" = DWORD: 00000001
"NextInstance" = DWORD: 00000001

Save the new text file with extension .reg on your desktop or somewhere you can remember with a name you can remember, something like:


After you save the file, close Notepad.

Locate the file fixafd.reg on your desktop and double-click it.

Alternatively, you can right-click on the fixafd.reg file, choose open with... and select the registry editor.

Answer in the affirmative to the question... Are you sure you want to add the information in the registry?

You should then see a message that information has been registered in the register.

Reboot your system and test.

You can delete the fixafd.reg file when you are finished.

If the registry editor has also been disabled, we first fix (not a problem).

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