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Vmware Workstation 5.5.3 : Cannot copy and paste within a vmware session

itbabe asked
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
This problem occurs once in a while.
Can anybody let me know what might be causing this ?
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What is the Host OS where VMWare is installed? Windows? Linux?

And what about the guest?

Sorry, forgot to ask this question:

Have you installed the latest VMWare Tools on the guest? Maybe you forgot if you did an upgrade.


Windows XP professional for both host and guest

Latest vmware tools are installed.


vmware tools build is 34685

Ok, I have suffered sometimes from the same problem.

If you drag'n'drop some big files from host OS to the guest OS, you have to keep the focus on the GUEST OS while the progress bar is filling. Afterwards, sometimes it is possible that a small window with "Move Here, Copy Here, Cancel" appears. Choose Move or Copy (doesn't matter).

If you quit the focus of the GUEST OS, sometimes the operation will fail, like it's happening to you.

If you need to transfer big data and don't want (or can't) keep the focus on the GUEST OS all the time, you can use "Shared Folders". It is more convenient that drag'n'drop for these cases.

You don't have to setup a Network File Share, etc. It's done automatically in VMWare (advanced -> shared folders). If you need assistance with that, just ask me :-)

Best regards


To clarify.
I don't have a problem copying and pasting between host and guest or vice versa.
I have a problem to copy and past within a the vmware session.
best regards


Ok, this same effect exists on a clean Windows XP installation on the Guest Machine? Maybe is a GUEST OS problem (?!).

More questions:
- Does it also happen when working with GUEST OS in fullscreen?
- When you say copy and paste, do you refer only to using the clipboard within an application? (or between two), or also to the file system? (I mean: copying files between two explorer windows)
- Previous VMWare Workstation suffered from the same problem? (v5.5.2 and sooner)
- What kind of data are you copying-pasting? (only text? images? audio?)
- With application fails?
- Do you CTRL-C or CTRL-INS for copying? (not the same in some applications)

Hope this later helps to find the solution

sorry, a typo: "What application fails?"


It seems that the problem was caused by Radia Packager from HP not by VMware itself.
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