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Connect Virtual PC to Internet

Posted by Clayton James on February 2, 2007

¬†I have been using VPC for a few years now and I am still learning lots about using it. After upgrading to Vista I was unable to connect my VPC images¬†to the Internet to activate the OS and download system updates. I was scratching my head changing my VM¬†network adapter settings to¬†Shared Networking (NAT) or to¬†my wireless adapter but no matter what I did I couldn’t get an Internet connectivity from my VPC.

So I went to the person I always go to when I am stuck (this is the person after google) Mr Mark Daunt. He solved it in¬†about a¬†minute asking me if I have installed the Virtual Machine Network Service on my wireless adapter….the what???

So he showed me where to install it and wholla…I could connect ūüôā

My LAN adapter had the Virtual Machine Network Service¬†installed but my wireless adapter didn’t.

1/ Navigate to your physical network adapter that you want your VPC to use and click the Install button

2/ Highlight Service and click Add
 

3/ If you don’t see the Virtual ¬†Machine Network Service click¬†Have Disk button¬†(mine displays as I had already added it).

4/ Navigate to the following directory: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC\Utility\VMNetSrv and select the VMNetSrv.inf file and Ok your way back out.

5/  This should install the service and you should now see the service in your connection properties

6/ In your VPC make sure you set your network adapter to the adapter that you just installed the Virtual  Machine Network Service

¬†7/ Internet connection from VPC¬†ūüôā

Here is a good blog post for a couple of other issues¬†if Virtual Machine Network Service is installed but you still can’t get network connectivity.

Another good article by Microsoft explaining the virtual machine network settings.

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