May 21, 2008
Tip and Trick Editorial

How to Bridge Virtual PC 2007 to Use Host Computer Wireless Network Adapter

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (update to Virtual PC 2007 SP1) allows the guest operating system in virtual machine to bridge its network connection with host computer existing network connection to connect to external local area network or Internet. The bridged network allows virtual machine to share the host’s network adapter to connect to local area network or Internet as if it’s using its own Ethernet or Wireless (WiFi) network card.

Unlike Shared Network (NAT), when Virtual PC 2007 network virtual adapter connects to network using physical host computer’s network adapter, the virtual machine will be on public network and will be able to communicate via end-to-end connectivity. External hosts and computers can directly ‘see’ and access to the virtual machine’s services, without user having to configuring port forwarding or tunneling. The architecture is important for virtual machine that running as a server.

Virtual PC 2007 can configure a virtual machine to use wireless network adapter of the physical host computer as its virtual adapter at the virtual machine’s networking settings.

Set Virtual PC 2007 Machine to Use Host Wireless Adapter

However, is some cases, user is unable to or cannot find the physical host wireless or WiFi adapater in the virtual adapter’s options selection list. Or, the virtual machine’s guest operating system is unable and cannot connect to the wireless or Wi-Fi network even after the virtual adapter setting has configured properly.

The problem is caused by wireless network adapters support in Virtual PC 2007 may has been turned off or disabled.

To enable wireless network adapter support in Virtual PC 2007, ensure that Virtual Machine Network Services is selected and usable by physical host computer’s wireless network adapter.

How to Enable Wireless Network Adapter Support in Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start menu and then open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet Connections and then Network Connections.

    Or in Control Panel Classic View mode, double click on Network Connections.

  3. Right click on the wireless or WiFi network card, and then select Properties.
  4. Under the list of “this connection uses the following item”, check (tick the checkbox) the Virtual Machine Network Services entry.
  5. Click OK.

Enable Virtual Machine Network Services

How to Enable WiFi Network Adapter Support in Windows Vista

  1. Click on Start menu, and then open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet link and then click on Network and Sharing Center link.

    In Classic View, double click on Network and Sharing Center icon.

  3. Click on Manage network connections located in the task list on the left side of the window.
  4. Right click on the wireless network adapter or WiFi network card, and select Properties.

    If UAC dialog request for confirmation to continue, click on Continue or enter administrator’s password.

  5. Check (tick the checkbox) the Virtual Machine Network Services entry under the list of “this connection uses the following item”.
  6. Click OK.
  • Nadeem

    Excellent man!!!!

    I was in big trouble, my Virtual PC was not communicating, but now everything is working smoothly.

  • Raymundo Walle

    Hi win 7 pro 32 bit , XP mode

    I cant see the network adapters from Phisichal PC in the VM settings, reviewed the adapter properties and found "Virtual PC Network filter driver" not the "Virtual Machine netowork network sevices" both are ticked,I tried uncheck these boxes then restart, then once again check the VPC Net Filter but still unable to see the net adapteres from the PC under the Win VM settings networking drop down box

    Thanks in advance for your help

  • chipset

    so thanks for help me

  • JP Roberts III

    Thanks a ton!

  • Mark Hanlon

    Many thanks for the tip, allowed me to get my virtual Ubuntu install to see the wireless network card. Under Windows 7 the steps are slightly different:

    Open Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Network and Sharing Center >> Manage wireless networks (in the list on the left), highlight the wireless network card and then click Adapter properties at the top. Check the Virtual Machine Network Services box and click OK.



  • Deepak

    Many Thanks. its a big help !!!

  • PerlonKid

    Worked perfectly! Thanks for posting this!

  • Dave

    Mucho Thanks!

  • Steve

    this was a big help, thanks!

  • Changing the Network Adapter in the Virtual PC settings did it for me, thanks for the post.

  • Brian

    When I click properties, there are no checkboxes!!! There is the list but no checkboxes next to em'

  • Great stuff, you make my day !

    Thanks !

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