1.1 Overview of the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows

The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and block (disk) devices on Microsoft Windows™ guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. If you do not use the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows, you may experience issues such as:

  • Shutting down the guest does not shut down gracefully. Instead, it is the equivalent of turning the power off. In this case, if you are using the virtual machine console, the console would immediately turn to black instead of showing the shut down process.

  • Restarting the virtual machine may display messages that the virtual machine was not properly shut down.

  • Restarting the virtual machine requires disk checks and verification.

Installing the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows in your Windows guest fixes all these issues. It is a requirement for Oracle Support that you install these drivers to obtain support on any issues you may have running your Windows virtual machines.

Download the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows from:

https://updates.oracle.com/Orion/PatchDetails/process_form?patch_num=16863114

The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows are included with the Oracle VM media pack. The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows installer installs paravirtualized drivers for block (disk) and network devices.

This document gives information on using the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows included with the Oracle VM media pack. At the time of writing, the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows release number is Release 3.2.3.