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Windows 7: XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine


30 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
XP Mode, sharing files on guest machine

Hi guys,

Has anyone be successful in sharing the files on the XP mode virtual machine with the host computer?
There is a folder I need to access from the host machine on the guest machine but I am just not able to access the virtual machine.

Any ideas how I go about doing this?

Regards,

Sean

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30 Nov 2010   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Easy and straight forward procedure. Like this:
  • First, set XP Mode to use the NIC of your host machine to ensure they belong to same subnet. To do this, open XP Mode settings, choose Networking from the left pane, and choose your host's network controller from drop down list. Click OK to save settings:
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  • Open Control Panel > Folder Options in XP Mode, check that Simple File Sharing is enabled:
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  • Check that both host and XP Mode guest belong to same workgroup. In XP Mode, right click My Computer in Start menu or on desktop, choose Properties, choose Computer Name tab. In Seven, right click Computer in Start menu or on desktop, choose Properties:
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  • Change the workgroup name on one or both machines if necessary. To do this, in XP Mode click Change button, in Seven click Change Settings link
  • After reboot, both machines should see each other:
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  • To share XP Mode's documents with host and other computers in the network, drag any folder you want to share to Shared Documents folder (this does not move the folder it self, it just creates a shortcut). You can also save files directly to this Shared Documents folder:
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  • Now you should be able to see XP Mode's shared folders on your Seven host machine:
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That's it.

By the way, here's a practical tip: I have chosen to change XP Mode's My Documents location to a network location, to my user folder on the host machine. This way all my XP Mode documents are saved on host machine instead of XP Mode and are available directly from host, even when XP Mode is not running:

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Happy networking!

Kari


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30 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you so much Kari. When I get the machine turned on in the morning, it's in another state, I'll give your suggestions a go.
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30 Nov 2010   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You are welcome. Any problems, come back to tell.

Kari
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30 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Kari,

Have almost got it working. I've had to make a couple of changes which I shall list in case others require this information.

  1. If you are on a domain you need to change the Virutual machine to the domain of the host Windows 7 machine. (Same procedure as for a Workgroup)
  2. I had to manually mount the shared drive as it did not come up when I rebooted both machine.
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To share XP Mode's documents with host and other computers in the network, drag any folder you want to share to Shared Documents folder (this does not move the folder it self, it just creates a shortcut).
I'm running into problems here. Dragging and dropping the required folder into the Shared Documents folder actually moves the folder rather than creating a shortcut. If I create a shortcut and move that into the Shared Document folder I get the following error from the host machine.

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Any ideas?

Regards,

Sean


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30 Nov 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

First, thanks for that domain info. Forgot to mention that, but as you mentioned the principle is the same; both host and guest must belong to same workgroup or domain.

OK, sharing. It should work, I've had no problems to share folders by dragging and dropping them to Shared Documents. If the issue remains, you could try direct sharing.

Right click the folder you want to share, choose Sharing and Security:

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Check (enable) both options shown here, name the share:

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The result should be this:

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Kari


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30 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Ok I've done the above and it's starting to come together.
I have now made a shortcut in the Shared Documents folder of the program I need. I am able to see this folder on the drive I have mounted, in this case V: drive. Within that folder there are two sub-folders I need to have the user access, ImportFiles, ExportFiles, they need to put a .csv file in there which is used by the program.
At present I cannot put a file into these folders from the host machine, which I need to do, as I get and error stating I do not have permission to do so.
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30 Nov 2010   #8

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I'll ask some network geeks to come here and see what could be done.
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30 Nov 2010   #9

W7 Professional x64
 
 

You might have to force permissions onto the shared folder if the standard procedure is not working... I forget how to do that in XP though. Is it the 7 machine that is having problems editing content or the XP?
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30 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

OK that would be great, I'll try a couple more things too.
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