drrobm
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VMfusion 5.01 windows 8 shared folders

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I  lost access to my shared folders when I installed windows 8. I unclicked the folders , restarted the machine and then tried turning on and selecting folders which I can see in settings but now no shared folders at all shown in windows explorer . Any advice ?

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avanish321
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So its sure then that the issue is with vmtools.

Try this then,

log into windows vm

ignore the error message ( if any related to shared folders comes  ).

Go to the virtual machine settings > sharing

Disable sharing and turn off all the mirrors.

log off and log back into windows vm

install/reinstall vm tools .

restart the vm and turn on the sharing feature in vm settings.

if the issue persists, follow the instructions provided in the following article

Cheers! Avanish

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avanish321
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Try reinstalling vm tools and check

Click on virtual machine menu and choose install / reinstall vm tools

Cheers! Avanish
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drrobm
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when I try that I get

Error 1606 . Could not access network location\\vmware-host\Shared Folders\Documents\.

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avanish321
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So its sure then that the issue is with vmtools.

Try this then,

log into windows vm

ignore the error message ( if any related to shared folders comes  ).

Go to the virtual machine settings > sharing

Disable sharing and turn off all the mirrors.

log off and log back into windows vm

install/reinstall vm tools .

restart the vm and turn on the sharing feature in vm settings.

if the issue persists, follow the instructions provided in the following article

Cheers! Avanish

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drrobm
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thanks very much for your help, that worked !!

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bgoodz
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Yes, thank you avanish321 !  I was having the same problem and it was driving me nuts.  For some reason Win8 was not seeing the shared folder and reported either something wrong with the spelling or the network (it was like the vm shared folder name was truckated and not showing the full  name).  I could even finialize the installment of HP scanner software downloaded from HP's site.  Followed your instructions a couple times, did  VM Tool modify and the tools loaded but not connection to the shared folder  and finally did a VM Tool repair following your instruction process and the shared folder finally appeared with the correct name and now everyone is talking.  I did have to finally install my licensed retail Win7 and then the Win8 Upgrade to get everything smoothed out and then ran into the shared folder mess.  Whewww...

Thanks again.....

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