Sunday, October 28, 2007

My Wireless Network Connection was not visible in my VPC on my Windows XP host

I have been using Microsoft Virtual PC (MSVPC) for a long time now and have a lot of virtual machines (VPCs) configured for different purposes and reasons. Lately I have been moving my VPCs between hosts and ran into the following problem on one of those.

I had installed MSVPC on this new computer, but everytime I opened one of my VPCs I got the message "The emulated ethernet adapter not available..." or something of that sort. On the Network Settings of my VPC I couldn't see my Wireless Network Connection so I really had no way of telling the VPC to use that for networking. So...




...after searching the web for a while I found this discussion on my issue and the fix is "Not even that complicated". So I thought I would share it with you...

...simple right-click on your "Wireless Network Connection" under "Control Panel" > "Network Connections" and select "Properties" (see snapshot on the right). Just make sure the "Virtual Machine Network Services" is selected. If it isn't, select it and try changing your VPCs Network Settings again. My guess is, now your Wireless Network Adapter will be in the drop-down.

Hope this helps someone else...