Using VMWare Fusion 8.5's shared folders feature, which creates a Public desktop shortcut file to "\\vmware-host\Shared Folders". Opening this shortcut file takes me to the correct location, however if I try to use explorer to go to "\\vmware-host\Shared Folders\", it does not work at all.

How is this even possible? I know that .lnk files can be kind of weird, but this just seems strange. To further complicate things it seems like I can cd '\\vmware-host\Shared Folders' in PowerShell just fine. Maybe .Net is somehow aware of this "network" location, but COM/lower levels aren't?

I should also note that this is on macOS Sierra, the guest VM is Windows 10 build 1607.

  • I notice you are trying to go to \vmware-host\shared folders from explorer. The first \ being just one. What if you type \\ there instead? Does that work? – LPChip Oct 3 '16 at 18:37
  • Sorry that's a typo. Edited post to reflect. – Bryan Winstead Oct 3 '16 at 18:45

Edit the following registry entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\NetworkProvider\Order

Name: ProviderOrder
Type: REG_SZ
Data: ”RDPNP, LanmanWorkstation,webclient”

Modify it to:

Data: ”vmhgfs,RDPNP, LanmanWorkstation,webclient”

Look also to the VMware Technology Network: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/524951

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