For many people using VMware Workstation they should be aware of an issue which occurs after updating Windows 10 to the new Windows 10 Anniversary. In fact I have run across this issue with other major Windows 10 updates.
After performing a major update to Windows 10 VMware Workstation’s VMnet0 is removed. The removal of VMnet0 breaks the network connection for guest Virtual Machines. To repair connectivity for the guest Virtual Machines you can add a new virtual network or set the Virtual Network back to their default settings. If you set the VMware Workstation network back to default settings you will lose any and all custom networks.
How to fix bridged networking in VMware Workstation after applying Windows 10 update (Threshold 2)
How to fix bridged networking in VMware Workstation after upgrading to Windows 10
The other day I was prompted to install an update for my HP Printer however the update failed every time I attempted to apply it. After searching the web I found out that you can Show and/or Hide Windows 10 updates. Microsoft’s official KB page can be found here: Windows 10 Show or Hide updates trouble shooter.
I found a similar post on HP Forums: Error 0x80070490, Error 0X8024200b – Windows 10 / Windows Update.
Below are the steps within the Windows 10 Show and/or Hide updates:
As you can tell from the screenshots I chose to hide the HP “NULL” device driver as the update would not install.
A couple of days ago I updated my Windows 10 workstation with the new “Windows 10 Threshold 2” update. Once the upgrade was complete I launched VMware Workstation 12 Pro and noticed that my Virtual Machine did not have network connectivity.
Based on my past experience when upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 I discovered that VMware Workstation’s VMnet0 was removed. Due to this previous experience it made sense to check VMware Workstations “Virtual Network Editor” to confirm if VMnet0 had been removed again. Sure enough the same problem existed after applying “Windows 10 Threshold 2.”
To restore “Bridged Networking” in VMware Workstation you have to re-add VMnet0. In order to add VMnet0 you’ll need to restore your default network settings. Be warned though as any custom network configurations will be lost when restoring your default network settings. See my past post here: VMware Workstation Bridged Network Failure after upgrade to Windows 10.
If you have any issues restoring Bridged Networking please reply to this post or send me a note via the Contact Page.
Last night I upgraded my Windows 8.1 Pro x64 workstation to Windows 10 Pro x64. When I launched VMware Workstation 11 and ran my Virtual Machines I discovered that the Virtual Machines lost their network connectivity.
Searching the web I discovered that upgrading to Windows 10 removed VMnet0 Virtual Adapter that VMware Workstation uses for the Bridged Network Mode.
To resolve the issue I had to modify the Virtual Network Settings by accessing the “Virtual Network Editor” from the “Edit” menu option within VMware Workstation. I then selected “Change Settings” and proceeded to “Restore Defaults.” Restoring Defaults will remove and re-install the default VMware Workstation Network settings in turn restoring VMnet0 Bridged Network Connections.
If you have customized your Virtual Network in anyway shape or form I would not recommend restoring the defaults. If you absolutely have to Restore to Defaults make sure you take note of the customized settings.
This morning when I logged in I received the following notice in my task bar: “Windows 10 Upgrade Notification”
To register it for your Free Windows 10 Upgrade simply click Reserve and fill out your email:
You will receive confirmation upon sucessfull registration:
At the time of this post I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.