Windows 7 – XP Mode Network Settings
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.