VIRTUALBOX WITH BRIDGED NETWORKING(missing) ON WINDOWS 8.1 (UPGRADED FROM 8.0 VIA THE WINDOWS STORE)

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From: http://www.gavinchappell.co.uk/2013/10/23/virtualbox-with-bridged-networking-on-windows-8-1-upgraded-from-8-0-via-the-windows-store/


After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro from the Windows Store, I found that my VirtualBox VMs using bridged networking were no longer able to run. All the physical NICs had disappeared from my bridged adapter list in the VirtualBox Manager. To restore them:

  • Open Network and Sharing Center
  • Change Adapter Settings
  • Open “Properties…” of the physical adapter you need to bridge to
  • Click “Install…”
  • Choose “Service”
  • Install the “VirtualBox Bridged Networking Driver”
  • If prompted for a directory to install from, it’s “drivers\network\netflt” inside the folder VirtualBox is installed (e.g. C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\drivers\network\netflt)

No reboot is required, although the network connection will drop. This also seemed to install the service for all NICs, including the TAP virtual NIC I have installed on my computer.

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