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On a Windows XP Professional 32-bit and Windows 2000 32-bit guest operating systems, the E1000 NIC driver is not automatically available even though the E1000 vNIC is supported (1016456)

Details

The E1000 vNIC is supported and can be selected for the Windows XP Professional 32-bit and Windows 2000 32-bit guest operating systems. However, Microsoft does not provide the E1000 driver with the Windows XP 32-bit releases. The driver must be downloaded separately.

Solution

Download and install the E1000 NIC driver from the IntelĀ Website.

To get the driver in to the virtual machine:
  1. Using an appropriate third party ISO creation tool, create an ISO file with the driver file in it
  2. Mount the ISO file as a CD-ROM image in the virtual machine.

The virtual machine detects the ISO as a CD-ROM and allows access to the driver file contained in the ISO file.

Update History

04/13/2010 - Added link to Intel's site. 02/08/2012 - Added steps to get the driver in to the virtual machine 01/23/2013 - Added 5.1 host to the product versions.

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