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Windows 7 – XP Mode Network Settings

October 23, 2009

By default, XP mode virtual machines in Windows 7 are configured to use an internal Virtual PC NAT device.  In order to connect your XP mode virtual machine (VM) directly to your local network you’ll need to change the VM’s network settings to bridge to your local Ethernet card.

In Windows 7:

  • Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Virtual Machines
  • Right click on your virtual machine configuration file.  e.g. Virtual Windows XP.vmcx
  • Select Settings from the right-click menu
  • In the Virtual PC Settings dialog, select Networking on the left.
  • Change the Adapter drop down box on the right from Shared Network (NAT) to the name of your Ethernet card.
  • Press OK
  • Start/Restart the XP VM image.


  • For more information on network configurations, please see the first reference below.
  • For wireless setup, see the second reference below.
  • For the record, I do not use XP mode personally.  Instead, I use VMware products such as VMware Workstation, VMware Player (free for personal use) and the VMware server line.  I have found VMware to be more versatile and it fully supports Linux.


Categories: System Admin, Windows
  1. Anonymous
    July 26, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Brilliant – thank heavens for search engines but thanks most of all to Chris.

  2. September 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I did what you suggested except that instead of needing to reboot the Virtual Machine, I did an ipconfig /release ; ipconfig /renew and then turned off the windows Firewall.

    I could successfully ping the new ip address then.

  3. John
    October 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    You’re a star!

  4. December 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Thanks Chris

    This had solved my problems on windows xp limitations.

    Cheers !!

  5. Brooks
    January 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks a lot!! This totally solved my problem! 🙂

  6. jg
    February 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Chris, U R Amazing. Thanks soooo much.

  7. stef
    April 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Thanks a lot !!!

  8. Clint
    April 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    This works but can you explain why i cant browse the network via network neighborhood? If i go to start and then run and put in the \\pcname it works but, browesing through network neighborhood doesn’t. Any Ideas?

  9. Jason
    May 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to write this stuff down!

  10. May 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    @clint: Have you added the VP Machine to the workgroup/domain? That should do the trick.

  11. enot
    May 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

    thanks chris! you’d saved my day

  12. Suncat2000
    June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Any suggestions how to make the host network adapter show up to be bridged?

  13. Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I have a Virtual XP machine running under Windows 7 on a laptop. I have selected my wireless adapter when setting up the bridge settings, as described above. I can no longer access the Internet at all, and the VM reports that my cable is unplugged. I can access the net to browse if I use NAT settings, but cannot access my home network that way. How do I get this to work? Thanks.

  14. rob
    August 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    How about having the wireless antenna (known and working with 7) be recognized under XP Mode?

  15. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    This is an excellent note that helps techies using xp mode to connect to various networks in work

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