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Adding a Network Loopback Adapter to Windows 8

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Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:09 PM by Greg Low

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Anthony Martin said:

Just want to clarify, is your step by step list done on the host or the guest?

June 13, 2013 9:45 PM

Greg Low said:

Hi Anthony, I was talking about setting up one on the host operating system (in this case Windows 8).

June 13, 2013 10:42 PM

Mark Stacey said:

Hi Greg

Why don't you just type "Device manager" on the windows 8 screen then click settings on the right?

September 18, 2013 2:16 PM

Greg Low said:

Yep in the Win8 start screen you can choose Settings, then click Device Manager.

I thought I needed to spell out how to find the wizard within it because there's only one right-click option that provides it.

September 19, 2013 12:40 AM

Tony M said:

Thank you for making life so easy. Well documented. You have explained thing even better then Microsoft!!  Not sure why they have changed thinks so much in Windows 8.

October 20, 2013 8:05 AM

James V said:

Beautiful, I remember trying this previously and had to give it a rest when I tried the documentation at Microsoft. This is just what I was looking for, thank you very much!

November 10, 2013 1:50 AM

nasrin said:

It is very informative and helpful for me.

December 7, 2013 3:44 PM

nasrin said:

It is very informative and helpful for me.

December 7, 2013 3:48 PM

Robert said:

Very very nice :)

Thanks for help!

January 15, 2014 1:47 PM

karthick said:

thank you for kindly with easy method

March 1, 2014 7:45 AM

Prakhar said:

Thank you so much. Was of great help.

June 5, 2014 3:43 PM

Ali Salim said:


June 15, 2014 2:40 PM

sumit said:

Thnax buddy.. U helped alot......

June 19, 2014 3:09 AM

Ramana said:

Excellent details

July 29, 2014 10:22 AM

Ali Omar said:

Helped a lot.

Thank you.

October 23, 2014 4:41 PM

Luc said:

This is what I was looking for... For the same reason :)

October 31, 2014 6:20 AM

edge_e said:

Excellent instructions.

When trying to set the IP address windows dutifully tells me:-

IP addresses starting 127 are not valid because they are reservered for loopback addresses

Given that that is exactly what i'm trying to configure, i'm at a loss.

Is there a way around this?

February 4, 2015 9:17 AM

Greg Low said:

True - you can't do that but you don't need to. 127 addresses are already looped back. Adding an adapter is so that you can have another known address as a loop back. For example, I use a fixed address in the subnet that I have for my internal network in Hyper-V to make it easy to connect to/from the host and the guests.

February 4, 2015 5:52 PM

Rod said:

After clicking properties in step 4 what do we do? It stopped

April 9, 2015 11:50 AM

Greg Low said:

Not sure on yours Rod, it should proceed to the next screen

April 10, 2015 12:36 AM

Julius said:

Very helpful. Thank you so much for the information

April 28, 2015 10:37 AM

Michel Denizot said:


Thank you so much for your help!  Thanks to you I was finally able to find this mysterious "Add Hardware" feature!


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