Cannot get XP Pro to access Wifi on virtual machine


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    Cannot get XP Pro to access Wifi on virtual machine


    I have turned Hyper-V feature on and off (twice) and reinstalled Hyper-V and XP, but cannot get the virtual switch to access a Wifi connection. I have followed Kari's tutorial applying to the legacy switch, but no connection. Does Hyper-V not work on a laptop?

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    Only a question, does the Notebook support Hyper-V? This is mine using systeminfo in the Command Prompt window:
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    Tipiford said:
    I have turned Hyper-V feature on and off (twice) and reinstalled Hyper-V and XP, but cannot get the virtual switch to access a Wifi connection. I have followed Kari's tutorial applying to the legacy switch, but no connection. Does Hyper-V not work on a laptop?

    What virtual switch is the Legacy Network Adapter connected to? Are you using the Default Switch?

    I found that I could not get XP to work with the Default switch, so I used the Virtual Switch Manager to create my own WiFi switch.....

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    ...that does work (and yes, I'm using a laptop).

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    Cannot get XP Pro to access Wifi on virtual machine


    Bree said:
    What virtual switch is the Legacy Network Adapter connected to? Are you using the Default Switch

    The Legacy Network Adapter is connected to an external switch that I created; and I have tried the default switch, but neither works.

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    Berton said:
    Only a question, does the Notebook support Hyper-V?

    My systeminfo reports: "Hyper-V Requirements: A hypervisor has been detected. Features required for Hyper-V will not be displayed."

    Turn Windows features on or off are all checked.
    Last edited by Tipiford; 18 Jul 2020 at 06:35. Reason: Additional info
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    Tipiford said:
    The Legacy Network Adapter is connected to an external switch that I created; and I have tried the default switch, but neither works.

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    My systeminfo reports: "Hyper-V Requirements: A hypervisor has been detected. Features required for Hyper-V will not be displayed."

    Turn Windows features on or off are all checked.
    Hi there

    Have you enabled SMB1 on your Windows HOST machine -- it's not set by default -- so networking won't see things like XP that need SMB1 for networking.


    For XP Virtual Machines another idea might be to use VMWare player or Virtual Box -- both these Virtual machine systems (free BTW) have proven track records with XP Virtual machines -- It's possible that HYPER-V could have problems with XP security or whatever -- HYPER-V wasn't even thought of when XP was a mainstream OS -- in theory it should work but there's nothing wrong in trying another approach if you can't find a solution to the original problem.

    Note you might find some tips here in this old post of mine

    XP and NAS (Samba) access

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    Tipiford said:
    My systeminfo reports: "Hyper-V Requirements: A hypervisor has been detected. Features required for Hyper-V will not be displayed."
    That's what I got as well, with Hyper-V enabled.
    So it's looking good.
    The fact that you got a VM installed and running means this is OK.

    For the networking issue it's just a matter of proper VM settings. I'm als sort of 'new' to Hyper-V since I've began to use it more recently.

    Will definitely begin with Kari's tutorials if XP is on the list of VMs you need to run with networking. There is a legacy switch you need instead of the default one.
    Part 5 here:
    Hyper-V virtualization - Setup and Use in Windows 10

    EDIT:
    I see.
    Tipiford said:
    The Legacy Network Adapter is connected to an external switch that I created; and I have tried the default switch, but neither works.
    I'll need to test that on my own to confirm but I believe it; XP might behave diferently unlike newer OSes since Hyper-V does't 'know' it that well.

    I'll go with Bree's post (5) for a custom switch for XP.
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  7. Posts : 30
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    jimbo45 said:
    Have you enabled SMB1 on your Windows HOST machine -- it's not set by default -- so networking won't see things like XP that need SMB1 for networking.
    Looking at "Get-WindowsOptionalFeature –Online –FeatureName SMB1Protocol in Powershell," it states it's enabled.
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