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I have a Virtual-PC hard drive that I need to run with bridged networking so that it gets an IP address on the same network the host OS is running on. However, on this particular computer, I am finding that to be impossible.

Host OS
OS: Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit, Service Pack 1
Network Adapter: Intel(R) 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection

Virtual PC
When trying to edit the settings of any virtual machine, I receive the following error:

3.0_SP2 - Windows Virtual PC Settings
The virtual network ID could not be retrieved.
Error 0xa0040702 occurred.

After that, the only networking options I have are NAT and internal

VirtualBox 4.2.2
VirtualBox allows me to select Bridged as the networking, but it fails to open the VM:

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Virtual ATM.

Failed to open/create the internal network 'HostInterfaceNetworking-Intel(R) 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection' (VERR_SUPDRV_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND).

Result Code: E_FAIL (0x80004005) Component: Console Interface: IConsole {db7ab4ca-2a3f-4183-9243-c1208da92392}

VMware Player 5.0.0
I've tested VMware with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, 64-bit. It starts up fine in bridged mode, but Ubuntu cannot complete a network connection.

What can I do to fix whatever seems to be wrong with my computer that is breaking all three of these hypervisors' Bridged network modes?

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What type of device are you trying to bridge to? Ethernet NIC? Wi-Fi? –  pilona Oct 5 '13 at 20:06

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