When using VMware you are allowed the option to share your folders with the host OS. Having a Windows VM will set the user’s home directory to “\\vmware-host\Shared Folders” which allows the guest and host OS to share the documents, downloads, and desktop. This is a great feature but can sometimes cause issues when installing certain applications. In my instance when trying to install Netbeans on my Windows VM I would receive an error: “Cannot create local directory: \\vmware-host\Shared Folders\.nbi” Fortunately for us, the Netbeans installer accepts some command-line arguments. We need to set the NBI Working Directory to something other than the default home directory. To do this execute the Netbeans installer using the –userdir argument.
<PATH TO NETBEANS INSTALLER EXE> --userdir "C:\Users\<YOUR USERNAME>"
If your folder in the Users folder has a space in it then make sure to put quotes around the entire file path to avoid errors.
Another tip/trick to quickly open up a new command prompt window and cd into a directory is to shift right click in the folder and click “Open command window here.”