Virtual PC could not open the Virtual Machine Network Services driver

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Dan Brill, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. Dan Brill

    Dan Brill Guest

    Hi,

    I noticed, from searching the newsgroup, that a number of other peeple have
    had this problem but none of the suggested solutions (that I could find)
    worked for me.

    I attempted to install Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 on my Windows XP desktop
    machine and received the following error message:

    "The Virtual Machine Network Services driver has failed to install. After
    installation please reboot your machine and run INSTALL.BAT located under
    the "Utility" directory of the Microsoft Virtual PC installation directory.
    The Virtual Machine Network Services driver will only be loaded if an
    ethernet or wireless network adapter is present in your physical computer."

    So, I followed the advice and the batch file executed just fine as did the
    subsequent Virtual PC 2004 Service Pack 1 install.

    However, when I run the application, I get the following message:

    "Virtual PC could not open the Virtual Machine Network Services driver.
    Access to the external network and host will be unavailable to all virtual
    machines using virtual networking. Virtual machines using virtual networking
    will still be able to access other virtual machines using virtual
    networking. To fix this problem, re-enable the Virtual Machine Network
    Services driver on one or more ethernet adapters or reinstall Virtual PC."

    Also, I cannot select either of my two NICs (a wireless Netgear WG311 and an
    onboard Intel Pro/1000 CT) from the Virtual PC Console's Networking
    Settings. This appears to prevent any network connectivity to/from the
    virtual machine.

    I checked out the Microsoft Support Article 835352, but my domain account is
    not a member of the Network Configuration Operators security group. I also
    attempted a separate install from the local Administrator account but there
    was no difference. The Virtual Machine Networking Services item is installed
    and checked for both NICs.

    Is there anything else I can try?

    Cheers,

    -dan
     
    Dan Brill, Feb 17, 2005
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  2. Have you checked the network connection properties on the host to ensure
    the the 'Virtual Machine Network Services' driver is there and checked?
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    Benjamin Armstrong
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    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Feb 18, 2005
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  3. Dan Brill

    Dan Brill Guest

    Ben,
    Thanks for your reply. Is this different from when I said in my original
    post: "The Virtual Machine Networking Services item is installed
    and checked for both NICs"? (I think that I meant the same thing as you are
    asking but I certainly could be wrong.)

    Cheers,

    -dan
     
    Dan Brill, Feb 18, 2005
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  4. Sorry - missed that bit...
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    Cheers,
    Benjamin Armstrong
    ===============================
    Virtual machine Program Manager

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    You assume all risk for your use.
     
    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Feb 18, 2005
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  5. Dan Brill

    Dan Brill Guest

    That's okay. So... anything else I can try?

    -dan
     
    Dan Brill, Feb 20, 2005
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  6. Dan Brill

    Jack_ Guest

    This seems silly but it worked for me....

    1. Run network adapter removal .bat file.
    2. Reboot and login
    3. Unplug your LAN network cable (optional)
    4. Right click LAN connection >> Properties >> Install >> Service >> ADD >>
    Have Disk.
    5. Browse to <VPC install Dir>\VMNetSrv.inf >> OK

    Try this and let me know if it worked for you too.
     
    Jack_, May 18, 2005
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