vmware shared folder keeps appearing on desktop

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  1. lantheria macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    searched to no avail.

    like the title says, whenever i fire up xp64 through vmware, the shared folder icon keeps popping up on the desktop. i've deleted it several times and after every restart it's there without fail. i want the shared folders themselves active, but the icon is just cluttering my screen up. how do i prevent this from happening?
  2. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    AFAIK, you don't. With Shared Folders active, the share gets placed there on connection to the host.

    Have you tried unchecking Shared Folders but Mirroring your Desktop? Or is that worse from your perspective?
  3. lantheria thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    ah, that sucks. it's hardly anything to worry about, i'm just hopelessly ocd about things like this. :p
  4. tyl2el macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2012
    With Finder active, click on Finder in the upper left of your screen and choose preferences. Under preferences and under "show these items on the desktop" uncheck connected servers. Boom.
  5. Xenomorph, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

    Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    Sorry to bump an old thread (deal with it), but Google points me here when looking for a solution.

    VMware keeps adding the "VMware Shared Folders" shortcut to my Desktop. Over and over and over.

    It's not needed. Shared folders work fine without it. There is even a mapped drive letter (two levels of access!) - I don't need a third.

    I don't want to turn off sharing, I just want the redundant shortcut to stop appearing.

    Apparently you can just edit the VMX file and change/add this line:

    hgfs.linkRootShare = "FALSE"
  6. Mark88keys macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2017


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