I have installed Ubuntu 16.10 on VMware Workstation 12 Player running on Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit 6.1.7601, Service Pack 1. I have installed VMware tools gone to

> Manage > Virtual Machine Settings > Options > Shared Folder

added c:\Shared to the shared folders list and set it to "Always Enabled".

I have problems when I go to set up the shared directory on the Ubuntu host. The typical directions are as exemplified here. That is, I am supposed to use a file, VMwareTools.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz, that is supposedly in the Desktop directory. However my Desktop directory is completely empty so the directions are of no use. I do a search for "VMwareTools.x.x.x-xxxx.tar.gz download" but only find links that assume the file is already in the Desktop directory.

I make a directory /home/me/shares and run the following

sudo apt-get install linux-source
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools

I then try

mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /home/me/shares

and get

error: cannot mount filesystem: No such device

I run


and get


but I cannot find a directory called Shared.

I put a file, filename.h, in the c:\Shared the Windows system but

sudo find / -name filename.h -print

on the Ubuntu host, returns no result


I fixed the problem by deleting the Ubuntu host and reinstalling it on VMware Workstation 12 Player. I had initially installed it of VMPlayer 6. When I upgraded to VMware Workstation 12 Player, it kept the installed version of Ubuntu but did not upgrade its capabilities.

After I reinstalled Ubuntu, the vmware tools installation files were in

/media/userName/"VMware Tools"
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