You can configure networking to provide virtual machines with different types of network connectivity. A virtual machine can have as many as four network adapters enabled, each of which can be configured to use a different type of networking. You can use the following types of networking in a virtual machine:


A network adapter that is disconnected from all available networks is listed as Not Connected. You can connect a network adapter to a network regardless of the state of the virtual machine. However, a virtual machine must be off before you can add or remove a network adapter—it cannot be running or hibernated. For information about closing a virtual machine, see Close a virtual machine.

To configure networking for a virtual machine
  1. Open the settings for the virtual machine. Do one of the following:

    • In the Virtual Machines folder, right-click the name of the virtual machine, and then click Settings.

    • From the virtual machine window, click the Tools menu, and then click Settings.

  2. In the left pane of the Windows Virtual PC Settings page, click Networking.

  3. To add or remove a network adapter, click the new number of network adapters you want. When you add a network adapter, it is disconnected.

  4. To connect the network adapter to an available type of connection, select it from the drop-down list next to an available network adapter.

  5. Click OK to save the change.

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