Virtio drivers for VirtualBox question
User need to manually install VirtIO drivers on Windows guests using drivers from Linux-KVM.org driver download page or prebuilt driver ISO from Fedora Project in order to use VirtIO networking on Windows guests. Embedding this drivers into Guest Additions installer for Windows could be quiet useful.
Direct downloads are available for the .iso, .vfd, and qemu-ga installers.
Install virtio drivers
Installing the VirtIO drivers takes a little bit of effort, but is worth the work.
Your VM should be Powered OFF prior to these next steps.
Updating your VM Configuration
In VS console, select Virtual Machines / <Your VM>
Click Settings and make the following changes
(For Test VM users) General: Changes OS Type to Windows / Windows 7. Click APPLY
Network: Change Model to VirtIO. Click APPLY
Storage: Click Add Device in Upper Right corner.
Cache Mode: WriteBack
CD / DVD: Click the CD icon to the right of Image Path and point to the location where you saved the VirtIO ISO file (from Pre-Requisites). Click APPLY
Video: Change Type to QXL. Click APPLY
Power On your VM
Install VirtIO drivers in Windows
After your VM is powered on, we will need to install the VirtIO drivers that are located on the ISO setup as a CD-ROM.
Click on Start
Right-Click on Computer > Manage
Click on Device Manager
Expand Other Devices(you should see several Yellow item)
Right-Click on Ethernet Controller
Update Driver Software
Browse my computer for driver software
Change location to you D:\ (your CD-ROM) and make sure Include subfolders is CHECKED
You will get a popup box after a couple seconds for installing the Ethernet driver.
CHECK Always trust software from “Red Hat, Inc.”
Repeat the same process for the remaining items under Other devices[/]
PCI Device [i](VirtIO Balloon Driver)
SCSI Device (RedHat VirtIO SCSI Controller)
Close Device Manager