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Brian, who runs the excellent Blogcast Repository, recently shared with me how he could not use a host computer's wireless NIC with a guest OS when running Virtual PC when Windows Vista is the host OS. I even tried it on my laptop and sure enough, no luck. It just doesn't appear as an option under settings > network. After doing some digging in the readme that came with Virtual PC 2007 I stumbled upon: Virtual PC fails to open the network services driver after an upgrade of Windows Vista. It didn't seem to fit the bill precisely as both Brian and I had used clean installs for Vista RC2. But, I gave it a shot and followed the steps. Sure enough, my wireless NIC was missing the "Virtual Machine Network Services Driver." Follow the steps below to re-install it. in step four, the network services driver wasn't an option so I had to dig it out of the default location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC\Utility\VMNetSrv and pick VMNetSrv. Once completed, open the properties for the wireless NIC and make sure the NSD is selected.

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Steps:

Virtual PC fails to open the network services driver after an upgrade of Windows Vista

This occurs because Windows Vista modifies the bindings on the network adapter when you perform an upgrade.

To reinstall the network services driver:

1. From Control Panel, under click Network and Internet, click Set up file sharing, and then click Manage network connections.

2. Right-click the network adapter and then click Properties.

3. Click Install.

4. Click Service and then click Add.

5. Select Virtual Machine Network Services driver from the list and click OK.

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:51 AM Vista , Virtualization | Back to top


Comments on this post: Fix: Virtual PC Does Not Recognize Wireless NIC With a Vista OS Host

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Hi,
I have done all the steps above but still not working. My VM running a XP windows detects the wireless like an ethernet so I can not search for wireless networks.

Any idea?

Thanks.
Left by Darkbass on Oct 23, 2007 5:06 AM

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I have this problem too!
Left by Max on Oct 25, 2007 6:16 AM

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Make sure you have changed the settings in the virtual machine's definition file. (click settings in console.) Mine did not work until I set the adapters to 2 - set the first one to my wireless, and the second to my LAN.
Left by BigMatt on Feb 09, 2008 12:37 AM

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yes. the comment by bigmatt is awesome and wonderfully true.

it works for me.

abhishek
Left by abhishek on Apr 06, 2008 10:42 PM

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have tried all this but virtual pc does not see my wireless network adapter. i am running windows vista home premium and virtual pc 2007. i have a dell inspiron 6400 with a dell 1390WLAN mini card. my virtual pc is running windows xp for legacy pcs (which apparently supports wireless networking)
Left by Matt on Apr 25, 2008 5:13 AM

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After following all these steps I also still had the problem like Matt. However, setting the first Network device to Shared (NAT) in the console settings solved the issue for me.
http://miniburb.wordpress.com/2006/09/24/virtual-pc-and-wireless-network/
Left by James on May 21, 2008 11:46 PM

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Still not showing up for me.
Left by Sidney on Jun 23, 2008 11:46 AM

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I got it working no worries

1 Set up wireless networking using the wizard set the wep or other key here
2 Use settings on the console to add your wireless adaptor as the 2nd network card
3 reboot
4 Disable card 1

It sees the wireless card as an ethernet but uses the key from the wizard

I gueass connect automatic must be the default
Will add the work network and see how it works

Left by sirpplus on Aug 05, 2008 7:54 AM

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James, thanks that worked! your a star. :)

steve
Left by steve on Sep 06, 2008 1:49 PM

# My Virtual machine does not pick my network card
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I am using a HP 6735s running on vista home basic and i use a aircard for internet connection, but my virtual machine running on server 2003 and XP does not pick the network.
When i check the drivers, the modem was missing.
What can i do to be able to connect my virtual machine to the host network.

Thank you.
Left by Akinyemi Olugbenga on Mar 30, 2009 2:44 PM

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First Network device to Shared (NAT) worked for me, thanks everyone
Left by Rickardo on Dec 15, 2009 7:23 AM

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