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Solution For Broken Windows Networking - Win 8.1 Preview When Run In VMware VM

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  • When I installed the Windows 8.1 Previews, both Pro and Enterprise, on VMware Workstation 9 virtual machines, I found that the Windows Networking just didn't work right.  It would try to work, but would then stall.  Invoking other network activity - even something like a web speed test - would magically wake it up.

    With the help of the VMware people, we isolated the problem to be in the emulated Intel e1000e network interface.

    The fix is trivally simple:  Edit the .vmx file that describes the virtual machine, and change the virtual NIC from "e1000e" to "e1000".  You'll end up with something like this:

    ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"

        

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

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    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:51 PM