VMWare lost network connection

Helen Feddema
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Today when I opened VMWare Workstation 12, I got a message about an update.  I tried to install it, but it failed.  The second time it failed again.  I restarted and tried again, and for the third time it failed, so after closing and reopening VMWare I clicked the Remind me later link.  But when I opened a VM, it had no Internet connectivity, and I got a message:

Could not connect 'Ethernet.0' to virtual network 'VMnet8'.

Any suggestions on how I can fix this problem?
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Top Expert 2015

Commented:
Download new installer from vmware site, remove all stains of workstation that you have and reinstall new version.
Top Expert 2009

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Commented:
I don't really care about the update -- is there any way to just fix the network connection?
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
I tried using Repair from Programs & Features, and it fixed the problem -- a pleasant surprise.  Network connectivity is back.
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
You need to install vmware host system network drivers. They are lost during failed update. On the bright side - all VMs are stored in your user profile and will come back after proper reinstall.
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The Repair feature fixed the problem.

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