VMWare Virtual Machine Can’t Connect to the Internet or Detect Network Adapter / Ethernet Controller

Issue: when powering on and start the VMWare virtual machine, the guest machine can’t connect to the Internet. In device manager, it shows the system can’t detect network adapter / ethernet controller.

This normally happens when upgrading VMWare version or upgrading Windows operating system or converting physical machine to virtual. The later one is my case.

Apparently, this VMWare bug as stated in this forum: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1400475

The workaround is:

  1. Power off (not just suspend) the virtual machine.
  2. Go to VM > Settings > Options tab. Check “Guest operating system” section and make sure it matches version of the actual operating system.
  3. Open up the virtual machine’s .vmx file (located in the virtual machine’s folder). Ensure it has the following lines, add if it doesn’t:
    ethernet0.addressType = “generated”
    ethernet0.connectionType = “bridged”
    ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”
  4. Power on the virtual machine.

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