Windows 8 VMWare guest under Ubuntu 16.04 host doesn't have access to the internet

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If you're facing connectivity issues with a Windows 8 virtual machine running under VMware on an Ubuntu 16.04 host, you might want to troubleshoot the problem using the following steps:

  1. Check Network Configuration:
    Make sure the virtual machine's network adapter settings are correctly configured. In VMware, you can go to the virtual machine settings and check the network adapter settings. Ensure it's set to Bridged, NAT, or Host-Only, depending on your network setup.

  2. Network Connection on Host:
    Ensure that the host machine (Ubuntu) has a working internet connection. If the host's internet connection is unstable or not working, it could affect the guest VM's connectivity as well.

  3. Check Windows 8 Network Settings:
    Inside the Windows 8 virtual machine:

    • Open the "Control Panel" and navigate to "Network and Sharing Center."
    • Check if the network adapter is recognized and enabled.
    • Run the Windows Network Troubleshooter to identify and resolve any network-related issues.
  4. Check Network Configuration in Windows:
    In the Windows 8 VM:

    • Open the "Control Panel" and navigate to "Network and Sharing Center."
    • Click on "Change adapter settings" on the left sidebar.
    • Right-click on the network adapter and choose "Properties."
    • Make sure that the appropriate network protocols are enabled, such as IPv4.
  5. Firewall and Antivirus:
    Check if there's a firewall or antivirus software running in the Windows VM that might be blocking internet access. Temporarily disabling them can help identify the issue.

  6. Restart Network Services:
    You can try restarting the network services on both the host (Ubuntu) and the guest (Windows) to see if it resolves the issue.

  7. VMware Tools:
    Make sure VMware Tools is installed in the Windows VM. VMware Tools provides better integration between the host and guest, including networking.

  8. DNS Configuration:
    Verify that the DNS settings in the Windows VM are configured correctly. You can try setting the DNS server to a public DNS like Google's ( and see if it improves connectivity.

  9. Check for Updates:
    Ensure that both Ubuntu and the Windows 8 VM are up-to-date with the latest updates and patches.

  10. Reboot:
    Sometimes a simple reboot of both the host and the guest can resolve networking issues.

If you've tried these steps and still cannot establish internet connectivity in the Windows 8 VM, it's possible that there might be more specific issues related to your network environment or configuration. In such cases, it might be helpful to seek assistance from forums or communities that specialize in VMware or network troubleshooting.