29.2.2.2 Installing the Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows During Microsoft Windows Guest Installation

Before You Begin.  Review the list of supported Microsoft Windows operating systems. See Section 29.2.1.2, “Supported Guest Operating Systems”.

To install the Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows during the installation of a Microsoft Windows guest, do the following:

  1. Create the virtual machine, but do not start it.

  2. Attach the Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows ISO file to the virtual machine as an emulated IDE device.

    Ensure that the Microsoft Windows installation ISO is attached to the virtual machine as the first IDE device. The Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows ISO file should be the second IDE device.

  3. Start the virtual machine and begin the Microsoft Windows installation process.

  4. When the disk or partition screen displays, follow the prompts to browse and load drivers.

  5. Navigate to the appropriate driver location on the Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows ISO file and then select them.

    The contents of the Oracle VirtIO Drivers for Microsoft Windows ISO file are as follows:

    autorun.inf      # File that automatically runs the installation program.
    Setup.exe        # The main graphical installation program.
    NetKVM           # Directory that contains the license file for NetKVM drivers.
    vioscsi          # Directory that contains the license file for vioscsi drivers.
    vioserial        # Directory that contains the license file for vioserial drivers.
    viostore         # Directory that contains the license file for viostore drivers.
    vio              # Base directory for drivers.
    
    vio/Win10        # Drivers for Windows 10 and Server 2016.
    vio/Win10/amd64  # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Win10/i386   # 32-bit drivers.
    
    vio/Win8.1       # Drivers for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2.
    vio/Win8.1/amd64 # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Win8.1/i386  # 32-bit drivers.
    
    vio/Win8         # Drivers for Windows 8 and Server 2012.
    vio/Win8/amd64   # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Win8/i386    # 32-bit drivers.
    
    vio/Win7         # Drivers for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.
    vio/Win7/amd64   # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Win7/i386    # 32-bit drivers.
    
    vio/Wlh          # Drivers for Windows Vista and Server 2008 (Longhorn).
    vio/Wlh/amd64    # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Wlh/i386     # 32-bit drivers.
    
    vio/Wnet         # Drivers for Windows Server 2003 R2.
    vio/Wnet/amd64   # 64-bit drivers.
    vio/Wnet/i386    # 32-bit drivers.
  6. Repeat the preceding step to install additional drivers as necessary and then continue with the Microsoft Windows installation process.

After you install the Microsoft Windows guest, you must configure Microsoft Windows policies. See Section 29.2.1.2, “Supported Guest Operating Systems”.