Here is some information that may help you clarify your inquiries.
- The Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter is installed by Windows* in order to support the use of Wi-Fi Direct. Starting on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Wi-Fi Direct functions were added to the Native Wifi API.
This is a Microsoft Windows feature, and if the issues with the Virtual Adapters started after an HP update, it would be good to get some input from HP or Microsoft support about this matter.
- The Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7265 requires a driver for WiFi and another one for Bluetooth, if you consider that the drivers may be outdated or not working correctly, we advise you to contact the PC manufacturer(HP) to obtain and install the most recent driver available for your Wireless adapter. Remember that as best practice you should update the Bluetooth driver as well as the Wi-Fi driver to keep both at the same level.
You can find drivers and support information from HP in the following link: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/drivers.html
As second option, you can use the generic drivers available at Intel® Download Center.
- Intel drivers or devices are not capable of disabling the Virtual Adapter or other related drivers, this task should be handled by the Operating System or the device itself. Also, keep in mind that your system may be reporting devices that were detected by your system before, but are no longer connected.
- About the Intel® My WiFi Dashboard Software compatibility, please consider that the last update for this software was in March, 2013, almost two years before the release of the Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7265. The application was not tested nor certified to operate with your wireless adapter, even though it might work, we cannot guarantee that it will do so. Furthermore, most of the functions that were available with Intel® My WiFi Dashboard Software are now natively supported in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Thank you for your timely response Jonathan. It is just enough information but not too much. I learned much and thanks for the links. I am grateful Intel has someone like you to help us "lost" types. I already had a question about one of the downloads from HP, so I will bring up the Microsoft Wi=Fi Direct problem at the same thime. They now have remote access so they can do the work for you ...... much faster for everyone.
Once again, thank you. I have marked the question as answered.
Have a restful evening.