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How to access XP Mode’s Network Settings

Posted by essjae on January 3, 2012

Changing the Networking settings from Shared Networking (NAT) to the host’s physical network card (NIC) comes up a lot in the forums for XPmode-WinVPC, here are a couple ways to do it.  The XP Mode settings or any WinVPC virtual machine are accessed from Windows 7.  When selecting the NIC you want to use, make sure you select your active NIC.  Your active NIC is the one that is connected to your local network and is how you access your network.  The active NIC can be wireless or wired, or in some cases both your wireless and wired connections may be active.

1. Goto the virtual machines directory on physical computer via explorer, or paste the path below in run or search:

C:\Users\%username%\Virtual Machines

Click once to select XP Mode.  Next, click Settings from the menu bar.    Select Networking.  From the Adapter 1 drop list you can select the host’s active  NIC to allow XP Mode to be on your local network.  You will need an available IP address for XP Mode. 

2. From the XP Mode window, click the Tools menu on the XP Mode window menu.  Select Networking. From the Adapter 1 drop list you can select the host’s active NIC to allow XPMode to be on your local network. You will need an available IP address for XP Mode. 


In this case, the active NIC is a Broadcaom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit controller.  Your NIC may not be the same.

Click OK to close the window.

Once the setting is changed, you need to trigger XP Mode to release the old IP address can get a new one. If you have DHCP you can: simply reboot XP Mode or drop to a command prompt in XP Mode and do the following commands

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

If you do not have a DHCP server, then you will manually need to enter a unique IP address for XP Mode in the same way you did on your Windows 7 computer.


If you get a 169.x.x.x IP address in XP Mode, there are several things that could be the issue:

1. The network card selected is not the active NIC

2. There are no DHCP servers available to lease an IP address or there are no available IP addresses on your network.

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