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Windows 7: XP Mode - Can't Connect to Internet

07 Feb 2010   #11

Win7 64

Just to add my two cents...I changed my network adapter to the actual one that is in my machine from the "shared NAT" one it had selected and I lost connection so I just changed it back.

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07 Feb 2010   #12
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Most of the time the XP Mode is typically automatic depending on the host connection type. With cable internet here running from modem to nic card even a live Linux distro as well as any other vhd or VMs will readily connect except the custom 7 install on the VPC where a network adapter change was required.
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03 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Win7Pro - XPMode - Can't connect via Wireless adapter

Hi - I followed this thread because I have a brand new XPS Studio and am not able to connect to the internet in XPM.

My desktop has a wireless adapter instead of an NIC, and according to the specs, I need to select NAT for the XPM network settings.

NAT was already selected by default, but I still cannot connect to the internet inside of my XPM.

(My host system Does connect to the internet, so my wireless adapter and router are working)

I checked my XPM device manager and see this under "Network Adapters":
Intel 21140-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (Generic)
I tried disabling this to see if it would fix my problem but it doesn't.

Do you have any suggestions other than purchasing an NIC? :-) Your help will be greatly appreciated.
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03 Jul 2010   #14

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Hi Rex, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Wireless is also a NIC, Network Interface Controller. Normally XP Mode, or any other Virtual PC virtual machine, is easiest to connect to network and Internet using the the host machine's NIC, in your case your WiFi adapter.

Here's (a bit confusing?) screenshot. I intentionally disabled my LAN connection, using WiFi only. I then changed XP Mode's settings, so it was using host machine's Wifi adapter as adapter 1. The screenshot clearly shows that my host is connected to Internet using WiFi only, and that XP Mode also is connected to network using host's WiFi adapter only.

XP Mode - Can't Connect to Internet-xpm_wifi.png

One more important thing the screenshot shows is that because all virtual machines, including XP Mode, are using emulated hardware, the devices and device names can and quite often do differ from those of the host. For instance, the NIC XP Mode emulates is the one you tried to disable, Intel 21140-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter. Please do not disable it, without it enabled and working you can not connect to network.

This is a good example of what hardware emulation means. Although the XP Mode is de facto connected using the network adapter (WiFi or LAN) of the host machine, XP Mode always thinks it's using Intel 21140-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter. This also means that although I in this example am connected only using WiFi, XP Mode thinks it's using a wired LAN connection.


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03 Jul 2010   #15

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Ah -- the light comes on :-)

It does make sense that XPM is emulating the hardware.

Per your attached image, I changed the network setting to be a "WLAN PCIe" card and presto - I have an internet connection!

Thanks for the explanations!

Different question -- I'm setting up XPM while logged in as an admin. However, I want to make the XPM available to other users on the computer (my kids).

Is there a "nice" way to do allow them access to this under their user accounts?
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03 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
Thanks to everyone for their comments/help!

BTW - I wanted to make sure I thanked EVERYONE for their comments/suggestions. All insight is always welcome! :-)
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04 Jul 2010   #17

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By default, XP Mode is available to all users, to be found in each user account's Start Menu. Each user has an independent XP Mode, so if you install an application to Host machine User A > XP Mode, it have to be separately installed to Host machine User B > XP Mode if that user also needs the said application.

XP Mode has by default two vhd's (virtual hard disk), a base vhd file called XP Mode base.vhd (C:\Program Files\Windows XP Mode\Xp Mode base.vhd), which contains the base, files needed for XP Mode to run, and the so called differencing, changeable vhd XP Mode.vhd (C:\Users\Your_Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\Virtual Machines\XP Mode.vhd). This latter vhd file is where all your installed applications, modifications and personal files are stored.

To learn more, and to find out how to allow all users to use one common XP Mode, please read these two posts:
In XP Mode, where does the Hard Disk come from?

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21 Feb 2012   #18

windows 7 professional
Unable to connect internet in Windows XP mode virtual PC


I am using the windows 7 professional
I have installed the windows XP mode virtual PC.
This is working fine.
I am able to browse the webpages through internet in windows 7.
But unable to connect internet in the XP mode.
I have did the XP mode --> settings ---> Selected the NIC used by my windows 7.
Even then internet is not working.
Please anyone help me to solve the issue.
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