Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
Not sure what the post is trying to say.
Vmware runs on a HOST Machine (can even be Windows 2000 if you like).
I'm not sure why Windows update would effect vmware one bit -- in any case updating the HOST is something you can disable if you want - just turn off automatic updating etc.
As far as the GUEST OS is concerned same applies -- you can disable Windows update if you like.
BTW if your machine has the Virtualisation feature enabled (most do these days) and the CPU is 64 bit capable you can actually run a GUEST Windows 7 X-64 system on a 32 bit Host including Windows XP and even Windows 2000 (you'll need the final service packs for w2k if you want to get proper USB support for your Windows 7 Guests).
So I'm not sure why you need vmware in "Compatability mode" or whatever.
Note if you DO want to run say a Windows 7 X-64 GUEST on a 32 bit HOST OS such as XP or W2K then remember the HOST can only see a max of 4GB RAM which will limit the size of your X-64 bit Guests.
I apologize for not being clear on which machine is host or guest in this case.
My employer uses vmware for us to communicate with a separately hosted server that houses our Outlook and our database - from our office, home, anywhere. There may be other ways than vmware to access this, but vmware is the way we've been told, and that's what I use and my colleagues use.
The problem comes when our local Windows 7 PC, from which we're running vmware to access a remote host, installs certain Windows updates. 2467023 and 2482017 are the two I know about, as is SP1. Doing so, from a Windows 7 machine that has these updates, presents a connection problem.
Although not a perfect solution, selecting the wswc.exe file on the local Windows 7 machine, and choosing to run it in XP compatibility mode, allows the machine to use vmware to access the remote host, while keeping the local machine updated with all relevant Windows updates, and not having to rely on your systems administrator to update vmware with patches that circumvent the problem caused by the updates.