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Windows VirtIO Drivers

The source for the Windows drivers is hosted in a repository on GIT hub. Anonymous users can clone the repository

git clone git://github.com/YanVugenfirer/kvm-guest-drivers-windows.git

Browse GIT repository online


Binary Drivers

Binary drivers are provided by some Linux distributions including WHQL Certified drivers.

64-bit versions of Windows Vista and newer (this currently includes Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2) require the drivers to be digitally signed to load.

If your distribution does not provide binary drivers for Windows, you can use the package from the Fedora Project. These drivers are digitally signed, and will work on 64-bit versions of Windows:

Latest VirtIO drivers for Windows from Fedora

Notes

  • as of this writing (2011-Nov-08), latest drivers are of version "15", dated "15-Jun-2011", with the CD image being virtio-win-0.1-mm34.iso. In that image, WindowsXP drivers does not seem to work, it is impossible to install them using regular winXP driver interface. But the previous drivers, version "14" as found on this Directory, dated "13-Jan-2011", from CD image named "virtio-win-1.1.16.iso", installs on winXP fine. (note: in my experience, the "15" drivers work just fine on XP, except the organization of the ISO is awful - the network driver is found in XP\x86 directory, while the storage, serial and balloon drivers are in WXp\x86 directory; drivers for other Windows versions are similarly scattered)
  • 2011-12-21: Debian Lenny Server uses the quite outdated kvm-72. The current network drivers from RedHat/Fedora do not even install (tested on XP/2003) - using the "Windows-2" virtio drivers from kvm-guest-drivers-2 is ok. The floppy disk image with the virtio-block driver (for F6 installation) provided by the Fedora Project (virtio-win-1.1.16) works with kvm-72, though.

Code signing drivers for the Windows 64bit platforms