Problem copying some files from virtual PC

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by John, May 17, 2010.

  1. John

    John Guest

    I am running MS Virtual PC v5.3.582.27 on a Windows XP Pro SP3 system.
    On the virtual PC, I am running a second instance of Windows XP Pro SP3.
    I use this to test new software installations, because if something goes
    wrong the consequences are minimal.

    I use file sharing between these two systems, and frequently copy a
    setup file from one system to the other. Occasionally when I try to do
    this, a file won't copy and I get this error message: "Cannot copy file
    so-and-so: Access is denied. Make sure the disc is not full or write
    protected and that the file is not currently in use."

    I am seeing this today with some files I downloaded from Adobe. Some of
    them copied with no problem, while others give me the error message.
    Additionally, in the explorer window on the main system the file icons
    for the files that won't copy appear blank, while the icons for the
    files that will copy appear normal. An explorer window on the virtual
    system where the files are resident displays all icons normally. I have
    re-booted the virtual system and there is no reason why the files would
    be in use. There is no problem with disc capacity or write protection.
    Why won't these files copy and how do I fix this? Thanks!

    John, May 17, 2010
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    Bo Berglund Guest

    I assume that what you mean by "file sharing" is that you enabled the
    shared folder feature of the VM Additions, right?

    Well, this feature is full of bugs and is only usable for small files
    and using a folder that does not have a deep tree below it. There are
    numerous problem posts here about the folder sharing feature and it is
    simply not worth trying to use it for anything but small files.

    Your best way is to set up normal Windows network file sharing between
    the guest and host, because that is rock solid. Just do it as you
    would if you had two physical machines connected to the same network.
    Bo Berglund, May 18, 2010
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  3. John

    John Guest

    I did *not* enable the shared folder feature of VM additions. I just
    checked the setting and it is not enabled.

    I am using normal Windows network file sharing between the guest and host.

    John, May 18, 2010
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    Bill Grant Guest

    In that case it probably has nothing to do with VPC. Networking and file
    sharing are not even aware that one machine is a vm. It all works in exactly
    the same way as file sharing between two physical machines. If you have
    access problems, use the normal debugging procedures. If you can't see what
    is wrong, post in a Windows networking NG or forum.
    Bill Grant, May 18, 2010
  5. John

    John Guest

    I cross-posted my original message to
    on 5/17. No one has responded in that newsgroup.

    John, May 20, 2010
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