We have a desktop computer here which has Ubuntu installed. We want to install Windows 7 on an identical computer, but now have no network connection. Windows doesn't recognize the network card.

On the Ubuntu PC I executed the following command:

lspci | awk '/net/ {print $1}' | xargs -i% lspci -ks %
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 06)
    Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Motherboard
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Kernel modules: r8169

When I search for Windows drivers using RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express (or other combinations) I only get Linux results.

Where can I find the Windows driver for this network card?


Try here:


Otherwise, I would suggest you look up your motherboard model on the Gigabyte support website and download the ethernet driver from there.

Hope this helps..

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    To expand on this, the file that worked for me was Win7 and Server 2008 R2 Auto Installation Program. I copied it to Windows, unzipped, and ran autoinst.exe. Worked like a charm. – Tom Zych Jul 24 '18 at 22:03
  • And then, of course, having gotten online with a seven-year-old unpatched version of Windows, it was 0wnz0red almost at once. Remember to download SP1 and the other updates ahead of time! This article seems useful in that regard. – Tom Zych Jul 26 '18 at 9:46

I found two versions of the driver :

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