VMware Fusion: Windows 10 ‘Lost’ Mapped Drive to the Host

KB ID 0001394

Problem

My Windows 10 VM decided it was going to do a major update last night, so I let it get on with it. However today I can no longer access the ‘shared’ drive that it had back to the host (my MacBook).

VMware Fusion Windows 10 Shared Folder Missing

Solution

I’m pretty sure this is the second time this has happened, so after berating myself for not documenting the fix last time, this is the fix. Run Regedit (Windows Key+R > regedit {Enter})

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > NetworkProvider > Order

Locate the PROVIDERORDER entry;

VMware Fusion Network Provider Order

Move the ‘vmhgfs‘ entry, so that it is the first one in the list > OK > Exit the registry editor.

VMware Fusion Restore shared Drive

That’s it, no reboot or anything, your drive should start working again.

VMware Fusion Restore Windows shared Drive

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Author: PeteLong

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