How to create Shared folder for installed OS in VMware

Installing a secondary operating system virtually has now become a new trend. Previously, users used to make a dual boot computer. However, if you want to use a secondary operating system maybe for testing purposes, you might opt for a Virtual installation instead of Dual Boot, which consumes time – and you need to restart your computer each time you want to switch from your primary OS to secondary OS.

Most of us are familiar with a software called VMware, which helps users install almost any other operating system virtually. All you need is just a computer with enabled Intel Virtualization and the ISO of that OS. However, what if you want to transfer files from your virtual OS to actual OS? There are few ways to transfer files such as you can use a pen drive or external hard disk and much more.

Now, what if you want to transfer files from your virtual OS to you real or actual OS? There are a few ways to transfer files – like you can use a pen drive or external hard disk, etc. In this guide, we will show how users can create Shared folder for the installed OS in VMware and consequently, share your computer’s file with a virtual machine.

Create shared folder for installed OS in VMware

If you create a shared folder in your virtual computer, you can transfer files from the virtual OS to the actual computer OS without using any device. Moreover, there would not be any limit on the file size; and the transmit speed would be fast too. Plus the best part is you do not need any third-party software since Windows allows users to create shared folder and share files over a connected network.

For your information, this following guide is mainly for Windows users. However, it is possible to create shared folder on almost all operating systems, and hence, it is possible to share a file with shared folders in VMware.

The very first thing you need to do is to turn on Network Discovery  if it is disabled for your current network.

Following that, you need to create a shared folder on both OS i.e. virtual computer as well as the original machine. Create a folder anywhere, right-click on it and select Properties and then open the Sharing tab. Next, click on Advanced Sharing and select the checkbox labeled Share this folder.

Now click on Permissions and select the Full Control checkbox (Allow) and save all the changed by clicking on Apply and OK. Do the same in both OS.

How to create shared folder for installed OS in VMware

Now open VMware and right-click on the OS where you have created the shared folder.

Click on Settings and go to Options tab. Here you can find Shared Folder option. Click on it and select Always enabled.

Next, click on Add button and select the shared folder that you have created in the original OS. Don’t forget to save all the changes.

How to create shared folder for installed OS in VMware

Now turn on the virtual OS and open File Manager. Here you should see Network on the left sidebar.

If you haven’t enabled Network Discovery and File Sharing yet, you will get a notification. Click on it and turn it On.

Do select No, make the network that I am connected to a private network.

You have to do the same on both OS.

How to create shared folder for installed OS in VMware

After that, you should see the PC name on your screen. Double-click on the PC name and find out the Shared folder. This step is just for testing whether you have done everything correctly or not.

Now, whenever you place any file in that shared folder in one OS, that file would be visible in the other OS in that shared folder. Hope you find this little guide helpful.

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One Comment

  1. noc007

    If you’re running VMware Workstation, copy and paste works well. VMware Tools need to be installed on the Guest OS.

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