How to Import Files Into VMware OS

By Chris Hoffman

VMware programs create virtual machine environments. Operating systems install and run on a VMware virtual machine as if they were running on a physical computer, allowing a computer to run multiple operating systems inside other operating systems. A VMware guest operating system has its own file system and can't directly access the host file system, so you'll need to import files into the guest operating system to access them. VMware includes a VMware tools program that installs on a guest operating system. After installing it, you can import and export files from a guest operating system by dragging and dropping them.

Step 1

Start a VMware operating system by double-clicking it in the VMware window, if it isn't already running.

Step 2

Install VMware tools on the guest operating system, if it isn't already installed, by clicking the "VM" menu at the top of the VMware window, clicking "Install VMware Tools" and following the instructions on the screen for your operating system.

Step 3

Click the "VM" menu at the top of the window and click "Settings."

Step 4

Click the "Options" tab at the top of the Settings window.

Step 5

Click "Guest Isolation" in the options list.

Step 6

Verify "Enable Drag and Drop To and From This Virtual Machine" is enabled by clicking its checkbox if it isn't checked.

Step 7

Click "OK."

Step 8

Open a Windows Explorer window on your host operating system by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Windows Explorer."

Step 9

Browse to the folder containing the files you want to import.

Step 10

Drag and drop the files from Windows Explorer onto the VMware operating system's desktop. You can also drag and drop files directly onto file manager windows in the guest operating system.

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