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AutoCAD cannot open files from Shared Folders on Parallels Desktop for Mac

  • Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition


  • Nothing happens when attempting to open AutoCAD files from a Shared Folder in the Parallels Desktop 6 or 7 virtual machine.
  • AutoCAD quits with an error message.


AutoCad is receiving an invalid IP address ( from the system.


Complete the following 
  • Open up your virtual machine and start Windows.
  • Go to 'Start' → 'Computer' and follow this path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.
  • Open up the 'Hosts' file in Notepad.
  • Replace psf and .psf lines with psf and .psf accordingly.
  • Save the changes and restart Windows.
  • Try to open an AutoCAD file from a Shared Folder.
NOTE: Authorization may be required to access files from Shared Folders (e.g. when attaching files from a Shared Folder to Outlook email). Please Ignore and Cancel these authorization requests.

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