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No share folders in Win 8.1 guest VM on Win7


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SoCalRox

I have a VMWare Player (current release) VMDK of Windows 8.1 which I created a few days ago. I am running this on Windows 7 Professional. I am trying to share the host's C: and E: drives but it won't work. I have tried reinstalling Tools, reconfiguring the shared folders, and I've tried guilt-trips on it to no avail. I am at a loss as to why I can't get it to see the shared folders. I even turned off the firewall just in case. Nope. 

 

Any ideas? I built the VMDK in Player, as a Windows 8.0 machine upgraded to 8.1.

 

Thanks!

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+BudMan

Did you reinstall the tools after you upgraded?

You are using this player

VMware Player 6.0.3 | 01 JULY 2014 | Build 1895310

Ok so trying to duplicate your setup.. Installing 8.0 x64 pro now, will see if shares work with that. Then upgrade to 8.1 and see what happens.

edit: Ok so working on 8

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Working on updating to 8.1 - might take a bit, doing this remotely to my home machine, etc. 95 Updates to install before can run the 8.1 update ;)

edit2: Ok the good news is I was able to reproduce your problem. Upon update to 8.1 the shared vmware folder did not work. I tried just doing a reinstall and picking repair of the tools - this did not work.

So I did a complete uninstall of the tools, rebooted the VM. Then reinstalled the tools (complete) then restarted the vm again. And now shazam the shared folder is working again.

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edit3: Hmmm seems the attach images having some issues?? Will check back later if can see the attached screenshot. But do a complete uninstall of the tools, restart, install the tools, restart and should be working for you again.

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+BudMan

Trying to share the host, so windows 7? So your trying to share the admin share? Or access it - or creating a new share for all of C?

Since vista admin shares are disabled - you have to re-enable with a reg key

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Name: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy

Data Type: REG_DWORD

Value: 1

Or are you trying to share on your 8 VM and trying to access from host or other machines - same issue would happen. Since vista out of the box admin shares are disabled. I have no reason to believe that window 8 reverses this policy?

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SoCalRox

Not trying to use admin shares. Just the usual VMWare sharing of the drive with the guest.

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SoCalRox

One more note- the shares worked in Win 8.0 in this VMDK.

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SoCalRox

Sorry to be slow replying- I've been out sick. But yes, reinstalling indeed made it good. All is well! Thanks!

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