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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)

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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.


Download and install the E1000 NIC driver from the Intel 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.

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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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