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Windows 7: can't connect to public (free) wifi internet

24 Jul 2010   #1

window 7 pro
can't connect to public (free) wifi internet

Hi all,

I've a problem that just stump me. I may overlook something while I create my virtual machine in XP mode with my win7 pro laptop. The problem is my machine works fine with my home wireless network which is security enabled. But if I bring it to a public place, such as the library, then when I fire up my virtual machine, it can not connect to that wifi networks for some reason even though win7 works fine.

Any help is appreciated.


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20 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1

Try using bridged connection.
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20 Aug 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ankaa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, your VM will have a different IP address that your Windows 7 host. You may need to make sure that it is allowed to connect to the wireless network.

Windows Virtual PC - Connect Virtual Machine to Network

Hope this helps some,
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