Sharing folders between virtual machines and the host is a neat feature of VMWare. Sometimes, however, performance is not what you expect. Recently, listing folders on my Windows XP VM took minutes to complete.
Finally, this is a networking problem. Windows attempts to lookup <code>.host</code> using WINS and only continues after running into timeouts. The solution is to add
into a seperate line and save the file. No restart required.
Thanks to Bemowski for sharing this on jmatrix.