Virtualbox bridged ethernet not selectable on Windows 10

So I installed Windows 10 (works pretty well by the way), and one of the first things I did was spin up my VM’s again. That worked fine… Installed VB 5, started all the machines, yey!

Then I had to reboot… After the reboot VirtualBox told me the NIC was missing and it couldn’t select a network interface to bridge to, even though it worked fine before the reboot.

To fix this, open up the start menu, find Virtualbox and right click on the shortcut. Press Open file location. Once you’ve done that and the new window has opened up, right click on the Oracle VM VirtualBox shortcut and select Properties.

Go to the Compatibility tab.

 

Check off the box that says Run this program in compatibility mode for: and select Windows 8 from the drop-down.

compability

 

Restart VirtualBox and check if your network interface is back

If the network interface does not show up after restarting VB, try rightclicking and choose Run as administrator from the menu.

11 Comments on Virtualbox bridged ethernet not selectable on Windows 10

  1. win 10 64bit home host, upgrade from win 8.1, and win xp guest yr solution really do not work at all..any ideas..??

    • It’s what fixed it for me so it would but there are probably tons of reasons why this could be failing. But is it the same problem as this one, that the adapter is not in the list and the only item in the list is “Not selectable”?

      • “But is it the same problem as this one, that the adapter is not in the list and the only item in the list is “Not selectable”?” :
        Yes it is
        if you take a close look at the forum i linked you realize that yr trick is usefull in 1 case over 10000 or similar..
        have you other useful ideas..??

        • Try rightclicking after setting the compatability mode to windows 8 and select “Run as administrator

          Just tried removing the compatability mode here, the network card dissapeared from the list. When I put the compatability mode back on, it still said Not selectable, but then when I ran it as administrator the NIC came back in the list, then the next time it was selectable without running as administrator.

          • no yr trick really do not work in my case..and also in hundreds of other..just take a close look to the forum i linked..

          • yr trick is simply the one evrytime use when upgrade a s.o…
            too simple for this great VB issue

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