How To Fix "Error 1606. Could Not Access Network Location vmware-host" Error When Installing Software


Have you ever received "Could not access network location..." when you attempt to install an application on Windows runnin in VMWare?

There are 2 sections of registry keys that need to be inspected.



Navigate to these 2 keys, and look for entries that hve invalid settings.  In my case the HKCU had an entry called "Personal", that had a path to \\vmware-host\shared folders\documents.  Once I changed that to "c:\Documents and Settings\myusername" the issue went away.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders



The new path will require you to change "myusername" to your proper user name.