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Virtual Machine Network Driver for Microsoft Device Emulator

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  • Version: 1.0
  • Category: Driver
  • Language: English

The virtual machine network driver is an intermediate driver that virtualizes a physical network card (or connection).

  • Note: This download has now been retired. If you would like to get the Virtual Machine Network Driver, please download Virtual PC 2007 from

    The Virtual Machine Network Driver allows the Device emulator's OS (or even the Virtual PC OS, as the case may be) to emulate its own network connection. Because the physical network interface on the host machine is now "virtualized," you have a way to get two IP Addresses - one for the host PC, and one for the operating system that is running within the Device Emulator (or Virtual PC). Device Emulator users using the VMNet Driver can connect to the host machine over TCP or UDP as the alternative to the standard "Activesync over DMA" solution.


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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Vista, Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2

  • Standard X86 machine with network card; Windows XP/Windows Server; Visual Studio .NET 2003 or Visual Studio 2005 for development

Installation Instructions

  • Download the MSI for the VMNEt driver and go through the standard installation process. The VMNet Driver will get installed.

    To check if you have the correct driver installed, Open Network Connections and right click to Properties. You will see a window that lists all the software connections on the machine. Virtual Machine Network Driver (or Services) will be in there as an item.

    The VMNet Driver is also added in the Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs Tab. So if you want to uninstall, just go here and remove the driver.