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App installed on host machine while in guest machine

  1. #1


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro

    App installed on host machine while in guest machine


    Here's a strange issue--at least I think it's strange. I have an old application that I've had since I had Win XP. I'm not sure but I think I had it even on Win 98. Even though it's an old app I was able to install and run in on Vista and Windows 7. I now have the pre-release Win 8 installed on VMware Player and I was wondering if it would run in Win 8. So I opened Win 8 and put in the CD, clicked on the setup.exe file and it installed--or so it seemed. It always installed a short cut on my desk top before. So I looked and didn't see it. It was supposed to have installed in a particular folder, but I couldn't find it. I then installed it again and chose to put a short cut on the desk top. But, it wasn't there. The bottom line is that even though I had Win 8 open in the guest, I discovered that it actually instaledl on Win 7--on the host machine even though I installed it while the guest machine was open. Has anyone seen anything like that before? I suppose it happened because it was such an old app.

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  2. #2


    When you put the cd into your drive, it fired the autoplay on your host machine and not within your Windows 8 VM. It installed on your Windows 7 host machine. If you had been in the VM, and launched the setup from within the VM, it would not have installed on your host machine. PERIOD.
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  3. #3


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    You're right it did bring up auto play which is the only way I could see what was on the disk. The first time I tried, I put it in the CD drive, opened the Computer but what it saw was not what was in the drive. It saw the file that was in the drive when I installed 8. It saw the iso image which I thought was strange. So I removed the disk and waited for auto play to kick in which it did and saw the file that was on the disk. But then installed on the host. I don't suppose there is a way to install it on the guest is there?
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  4. #4


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    By trial and error I finally managed to get the old app installed on the guest machine. I opened up the guest and inserted the CD that had the app I wanted to install. I opened Computer and waited for auto play to open it and show the setup file. I copied the file to a folder on the guest machine and then ran it. And it did install on the guest machine. To my surprise even though it is an old app it runs just fine.
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App installed on host machine while in guest machine
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