I have a Windows Vista Ultimate set up, and I installed VMWare today and was able to install Windows XP. Unfortunately I haven't got very far in being able to use it how I want.
What I'm trying to do is copy mp3s from a couple of drives on to my MP3 player. This wasn't a problem when I had XP, but I only tried it on Vista yesterday and there's no Vista drivers for my MP3 player, it's about five years old now.
My options were to create a dual boot setup, use vmware or buy a new mp3 player. Now I have no problem with my mp3 player even after five years, and it does the job for me so I didn't want to get a new one. I could do a dual boot setup, but that would mean a bit of hassle and I'd have to reboot if I wanted to put mp3s on the player at any time. Setting it up and going in and out of the OS would bother me a bit.
So I chose to use VMWare but I don't know what to do. I've gone through some of the manual, but I'm at a loss. I created the initial disk size for the OS and installed windows xp successfully. But I don't know how to set up access to the drives in my Vista installation.
In other words, I want virtual xp to have access to all the files on the non-virtual vista. If I can do this then I can use the XP Drivers for my mp3 player and then transfer files over.
Could anyone point to a simple easy to understand guide, or advise me on what to do to get this working?
thanks in advance
In case any one else gets stuck:
In VMWare go to VM tab in menu>Then Settings> Then Options>Click on shared folder and enable> Add drives you want access to>save and exit>boot up windows in Vmware>Launch explorer>enter \\.host\ in the explorer path