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Sharing files between Win8 host and XP guest

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    Sharing files between Win8 host and XP guest


    As I am having problems with USB and getting my workfiles onto my guest machine I thought I could load them onto my host then access them via file sharing. I have set up the VMware player with the location of a shared directory on the host but I cannot see that on my guest XP desktop. Can someone go throught the steps I need to do to get this working. So far I am having no end of problems getting this new laptop to work with my old software. Using Windows 8 Pro 64 bit on host and Windows XP Pro

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    The EASIEST way bar none for this sort of stuff is to ENABLE file sharing on BOTH machines and then share via simple networking.

    Now ensure that you are currently ON THE HOST and insert the USB stick into the computer. Right mouse click on it and choose SHARING. As share name use the volume name (it's easier).


    Get back to the XP virtual machine and click on My Network places - you should now see your host machine's shared disks.

    It's easier if you have the same user id and password on both HOST and the VM.

    have a look at the three screenshots below.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    If you're connecting FROM a Windows 8 box, you can set RDP to automatically connect drives from the Windows 8 machine to the RDP host. You don't have to enable network file sharing.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
    If you're connecting FROM a Windows 8 box, you can set RDP to automatically connect drives from the Windows 8 machine to the RDP host. You don't have to enable network file sharing.
    Hi there
    The disadvantage to that is you have to go through TWO levels of networking -- even if on the same machine you'll get significant slowdown compared with using standard internal networking. (To say nothing of the Graphics transfer / translation protocols between the two systems).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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