The release candidate of VMware Workstation 6.0 has been available for some days already. I tried it now to see if the problems I had with Vista are solved. Unfortunately, I am still not able to use shared folders feature to access a host folder from a virtual machine.

VMware Workstation 6 has this problem since the first beta came out. It even crashed Windows Explorer on a Vista VM if you tried to access a host folder. This doesn't happen anymore, but you still can't access files on a Vista host this way. It is the same with Windows XP as guest when Vista runs on the host. Maybe, it has something to do with my installation. However, I saw this shared folder option bug with the beta versions on different machines before. So I didn't spend much time with it this time. Please, let me know, if you got this working.

I find it interesting that VMware obviously has so many problems with Vista. I wonder what will happen once Longhorn Server comes out. You probably know that Microsoft's new server OS has already integrated virtualization technology.

Anyway, if you're using VMware Workstation 6.0 RC and want to exchange files between host and guest, you can use drag and drop. You can just drag a file from the guest desktop to the host and vice versa.

The debug option is now disabled by default. I already turned off the debug option in the beta version, which improved the performance significantly. But somehow it seems to me that the release candidate is even faster.

The guest Autofit feature, which enables VMware Workstation to adjust the screen resolution automatically to the window size, now works with Vista, too. This feature wasn't available in the beta version.

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Despite the problem with shared folders, everything worked reliably during my three-day test. So if you're still using the beta version, I recommend the upgrade. If you are wondering whether you should upgrade from VMware Workstation 5.5 to 6.0, you can check out this feature list. Most important certainly is the Vista support.

  1. JH 16 years ago

    I am currently using Windows Ultimate Vista as a Host, and after I installed VMware tools on both my Ubuntu and Windows XP, I have no problem using the share folders.

    Maybe it has to do with the folder security setting you configure in your vista host.

  2. It is interesting that you got this working. I have Vista Business edition, but I doubt that this makes any difference at all. It is possible that I just have to change a Vista configuration; however, I didn’t have this problem with VMware Workstation 5.5. So, I still believe that 6.0 RC is a bit buggy. If my Vista settings are incorrect, then VMware Workstation should at least inform me about it.

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