So, I've installed the Windows 8.1 Preview in a virtual machine in VMware, and no matter what I do, it point blank
refuses to go online. I set the Network Adapter in the VM settings as NAT so it can share the host system's IP
address ... No network access. So, I set it as "Bridged: Connect directly to the physical network" and give the
network adapter settings in Windows it's own IP address (192.168.1.38). I should point out the my network is
set without DHCP enabled, so each device added to the network gets it's own manual IP settings.
I try running the Windows Network Diagnostics troubleshooter, which in 99% of cases is completely and utterly
flaming useless, as it very rarely fixes any network issues. The troubleshooter tells me "The default gateway is
not available: Not fixed.". This tells me there's a problem with the router, which in most other cases wouldn't
surprise since it's a Thomson/Technicolor branded piece of crap. Ironically, I've had no problems in the last
couple of months with this current router as it's from a different ISP from my last one.
FWIW ... I rebooted both the Thomson/Technicolor Plusnet router as well as the BT Openreach FTTC modem,
even though none of my other networked devices are having any network connection issues at the moment.
This made no difference at all. The VM is still refusing to connect to the network whatever I try.
Any ideas? An operating system without network access is an effectively dead operating system.