How to Turn off Ethernet Settings in Windows 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - January 23, 2015

Ethernet settings on your computer are really important. Using it can help you connect to the local area network or the Internet. Besides, you can share files to other computers in the network and update the operating system from the Microsoft updates server. If you turn off the Ethernet settings, you will possible lose resources-sharing functionality. If you want to continue, please check these steps as below:

1. Log into the Windows 8 as the Administrator. Then enter Desktop from Start screen.

2. Hit Win key and R key on the keyboard to open Run command box.

3. Type into NCPA.CPL and click OK.

4. Right-click on the NIC icon on Network Connections window.
(Note: The NIC is used to collect to the local area network or the network.)

5. Click Disable option from the context menu.
disable ethernet

If you want to re-enable the NIC, you can follow the above procedure and click Enable when you are on step 5.

If you only want to disconnect the PC from the Internet and keep connecting with the other computers in the local area network, the best way is to remove the IP address of the default gateway from the TCP/IP configuration box.

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