vmware cannot change network to bridged

vmware bridged network
So you Cannot change network to bridged: There are no un-bridged host network adapters.

First for those of you who don't know whats the different between NAT and Bridged
bridge connectio

VMware NAT Mode : Your host computer will act as a gateway to the network for your virtual machines, nobody on your network (apart from the host) will be able to see them since they're sitting in a separate network

VMware Bridged Mode : Your host computer will share its network connection with the virtual machine, your virtual machine will be sitting as if it were another computer on your network, everyone on the network will see it and be able to interact with that virtual machine .
Both options will give you internet access if your host computer has Internet access.

back to our little vmware bridge error
if you are trying to use the bridged in VMware and you are getting this massage

Then you are in the right place and we are about to fix that error for ever
vmware network configuration is easy only if we understand what we are really doing ! not just playing around and trying this and that !
Step 1) let's start with  what antivirus you have in your host computer ? 
Kaspersky Lab ? if yes  then the first step to fix it is to find a new antivirus 
for me this was the problem having Kaspersky and the fix was by removing it 
now bridged network is working fine
what  if i don't have kaspersky how can i fix it ?
check google if your antivirus or firewall are known to case this error or any vmware network error 
or just more to step 2

Step 2) bridge your virtual machine to a specific physical network adapter.
if you have more then physical network adapter that may case this type of errors i had an error like that years ago when i installed skystar 2 , it's a satellite card but for vmware it's just a network card and vmware used to auto select that card as a source  for the internet, i had to check vmware network configuration and change it to the right card, now this what we are about to do !

To bridge your virtual machine to a specific physical network adapter:

Disable auto bridging before selecting the physical adapter required in the virtual network editor. 
When VMnet0 has been bridged to a specific physical adapter, you can then create a second virtual adapter and bridge it to a second physical adapter:

In the Virtual Network Editor, click Add Network.
From the dropdown menu, select the VMnet adapter you want to use.
Select the newly created VMnet adapter in the display field and select Bridged.
From the dropdown menu select the physical network adapter you want to bridge to.
and Click ok,
Adjust the virtual machine network settings to use the bridged adapter.

still no luck ? let's move to step 3

3) did you upgrade your Windows ? from 7 to 8 ? or to 10 ?
in same case upgrading your Windows will  removed the VMware Bridge Protocol from all of your adapters and to fix that you have to re-install it "add Bridge protocol"...
to do that On Windows go to :

» Control Panel
   » Network and Internet
      » Network and Sharing Center
        » "Change adapter settings"
now Choose one of the physical network adapter 
right click on it then click Properties.
If the VMware Bridge Protocol is present and unchecked, check it and click ok, and that should fix this error
virtual network editor

but if it's not there at all, we have to add it to do that 
click on install then select service and click add
on manufacturer bar choose VMware, Inc.
on Network service choose VMware Bridge Protocol just like showed on the photo below 
vmware network configuration

Once you made all that change in the adapter 
» restart your host computer
then try the Virtual Network Editor and it should work now :)
wait what ? still no luck !!! okay let move to step 4

4)  non of the above worked for you ? 
you still have to steps to try 

#1 In the Virtual Network Editor, click the [Restore Default] and check if you can get bridged network, if it don't more to #2

#2 Perform a repair install of VMware Workstation. this should reinstall all the needed files and service's 

and if non of that work .... i guss i give up here but you should not and you will always find a way to fix it , i still would like to help .. to  help you let me know

Your host OS :
Your Guest OS:
Your network card drive:
and did you had it to work before ?

March 7, 2015



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