How to install VirtIO drivers for Windows Server 2012

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Install VirtIO drivers for Windows Server 2012

In this article, we’re explaining how to install the VirtIO drivers on Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisites

  • VPS with Windows Server 2012 installed.
  • You have to be logged in as an administrator.

Step 1: Log in with RDP into Windows Server 2012

Connect to your server with the login credentials which you can find in your client area.

Step 2: Downloading the Virtio Installer

Go to https://fedorapeople.org/groups/virt/virtio-win/direct-downloads/archive-virtio/ and click on the most recent map. Find the .exe file and click on it. In our case it’s Virtio-Win-0.1.189. This will start the download.

Fedora File

When it’s done downloading, run the application. You can do that by clicking on the File Explorer and go to Downloads.

WS 12 File Explorer

Then click on the download.

WS 12 Downloads

Step 3: The installation

Agree to the license terms and conditions and click Install.

Virtio Installer

Click Next.

Virtio Installer-2

Accept the terms in the License Agreement and click Next.

Virtio Installer-3

The features list contains: Balloon, Network, Pypanic, Qemufwfcg, Qemupciserial, Viorng, Vioscsi, Vioserial, Viostor.

In this menu, you can choose if and where features will be installed. In this case, we’re keeping it how it is. Click Next to continue.

Virtio Installer-4

Now click Install to start the installation.

Virtio Installer-5

When the installation is done, click on Finish to finish the installation.

Virtio Installer-6

Conclusion

Congratulations, you have successfully installed the VirtIO Drivers on Windows Server 2012.

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