How to install applications in virtual machines if they fail to install from shared folders

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Symptoms

I cannot install an application from a shared folder (for shared folders on Chromebook please refer to this article).

Cause

Some applications require installation from local folder of Windows.

Windows sees shared folders as network ones, as a result applications with this requirement fail to install.

To check if you have Shared folders enabled, please check the options according to screenshots below.

For Mac:

Open virtual machine configuration > Options > Sharing. If option Share Mac user folders with Windows is checked, Shared folders are enabled. You can manage them by clicking Configure... and selecting the folders you'd like to share (Desktop/Documents, etc).

Shared fodlers on Mac

For Chromebook:

Click the Shared Folders icon in the top right corner of the Windows window and select Manage shared folders.
 

Shared fodlers on Chromebook

Resolution

Copy the installation file to This PC > Local Disk (C:) in Windows and run the installation.

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