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Problem with VMWare Player

I am about to convert my main pc to win7 pro 64bit. Unfortunately two of my main accounts programs are 32bit and will not work with 7 32 bit anyway. I decided to trial VMWarePlayer and installed it on my XPPro system without any problem. I then installed win 2000 pro onto it just to test the virtualisation capabilities. All went ok and I then installed Quicken 2000 onto the 2000. Once again no problems until I tried to enable the VMWare option to share folders on the host system. I need to be able to do that so as to access and backup my data files from within the virtual drive. The enable shared folders within "Options" is greyed out as per attached screen shot.
I would greatly appreciate any advice on how to resolve this problem.
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ShrColCommented:
Have you installed the VMware tools into the guest operating system?
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
VMware Player is a free software and does not have any time limits .
It does not allow you to modify your Virtual Machine Configuration.
In order to do so, you can either edit the VMX file of your VM or install VMware Server 2.0 (which is free) and modify your Virtual Machine Configuration accordingly.
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whitlandAuthor Commented:
ShrCol: VM tools were added during the installation process(according to messages displayed at the time).
 
Arunraju:they never tell you all the bits missing do they? I am quite happy to tinker around with the vmx file but I cannot afford to have any problems with my accounts system...the revenue might get upset!
Can you please tell me whether the full VMWare Workstation program will work out of the box without any messing about with it?

Many thanks, both, for your input so far.
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ShrColCommented:
Just double check you have it running, its a service I think. Without it operational I would imagine such features wouldn't work.
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ShrColCommented:
Otherwise, if it wont work you could create a share and map a drive manually - I think that's all it does.
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whitlandAuthor Commented:
Have just tinkered (professionally edited) the vmx file and lo and behold all is now ok.

Points to arunraju but thanks once again to both of you.

Advice about vmware workgroup would still be appreciated.
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