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Virtualbox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter Not Working in Windows 8.1


After upgrading from Windows 8.0 Enterprise Edition to Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition, the Virtualbox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter stopped working. Even after uninstalling Virtualbox and installing the latest version, the problem still persists. What I did to resolve the issue was as follows:

  1. From the Device Manager, uninstall the problematic Virtualbox driver.
  2. In the Device Manager, right-click your computer name and select Add legacy hardware from the context menu. Like this:
    This will launch the Add Hardware wizard.
  3. Click Next to continue.
  4. Select the second option and click Next.
  5. From the list of hardware types, select Network Adapters and click Next.
  6. Click Have a disk.
    The Install From Disk dialog will popup.
  7. Click Browse and locate the driver. Something like this:
  8. Double-click the driver.
    This will bring you back to the Install From Disk dialog.
  9. Click OK.
    This will bring you back to the Add Hardware wizard.
  10. Click Next and another Next.
  11. Click Finish to dismiss the wizard.

If successful, you should see something like this:

Hope this helps

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