Unable To Add E1000e Network Adapter – No Option, Only E1000

I was confused to see that I only had the option of adding an E1000 or VMXNET3 network adapter to my VM and unable to add the new and improved E1000e card. The first thing I did was check the Virtual Machine hardware version, because the E1000e network card only comes with version 8 of the hardware (ESXi 5). I had this version, but still only the option to add an E1000 or VMXNET3 network card to the VM.

I then realised that it was because the VM OS was set to Windows 7, so I changed it to Windows 8, added my E1000e NIC, booted up the machine, installed my NIC drivers, rebooted then shut down the VM and changed it back to Windows 7.

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