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How to uninstall VMware Tools from your system

VMware Tools is a Windows program. Read below about how to uninstall it from your computer. It was developed for Windows by VMware, Inc.. More information on VMware, Inc. can be found here. The application is usually found in the C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools directory. Keep in mind that this path can differ depending on the user's preference. You can uninstall VMware Tools by clicking on the Start menu of Windows and pasting the command line MsiExec.exe /I{948417B3-2757-4236-8C79-9AFE8A31B4AB}. Note that you might get a notification for admin rights. The application's main executable file has a size of 70.48 KB (72168 bytes) on disk and is titled vmtoolsd.exe.

VMware Tools installs the following the executables on your PC, occupying about 9.82 MB (10299352 bytes) on disk.



  • guestproxycerttool.exe (43.48 KB)
  • openssl.exe (432.48 KB)
  • rpctool.exe (104.98 KB)
  • rvmSetup.exe (31.00 KB)
  • TPAutoConnect.exe (3.91 MB)
  • TPAutoConnSvc.exe (2.29 MB)
  • TPVCGateway.exe (1.79 MB)
  • vmacthlp.exe (414.48 KB)
  • vmtoolsd.exe (70.48 KB)
  • VMwareHgfsClient.exe (27.98 KB)
  • VMwareHostOpen.exe (85.48 KB)
  • VMwareNamespaceCmd.exe (30.48 KB)
  • VMwareResolutionSet.exe (91.98 KB)
  • VMwareToolboxCmd.exe (68.98 KB)
  • VMwareXferlogs.exe (133.48 KB)
  • zip.exe (147.48 KB)
  • VGAuthCLI.exe (27.50 KB)
  • VGAuthService.exe (133.50 KB)
  • VMwareAliasImport.exe (29.00 KB)
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The current web page applies to VMware Tools version 10.1.5.5055693 only. For other VMware Tools versions please click below:

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Quite a few files, folders and registry data can be left behind when you want to remove VMware Tools from your computer.

You should delete the folders below after you uninstall VMware Tools:
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools

The files below are left behind on your disk by VMware Tools when you uninstall it:
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\deployPkg.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfs.cat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfs.inf
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfs.sys
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfs_x64.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfs_x86.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\Win8\vmhgfsver.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\gio-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\glib-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\glibmm-2.4.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\gmodule-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\gobject-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\gthread-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\UserNameproxycerttool.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\hgfs.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\iconv.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\icudt44l.dat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\install-rvmSetup.cmd
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\intl.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\libeay32.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\de\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\de\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\de\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\de\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\es\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\es\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\es\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\es\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\fr\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\fr\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\fr\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\fr\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\it\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\it\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\it\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\it\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ja\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ja\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ja\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ja\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ko\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ko\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ko\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\ko\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_CN\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_CN\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_CN\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_CN\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_TW\desktopEvents.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_TW\hgfsUsability.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_TW\toolboxcmd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\messages\zh_TW\vmtoolsd.vmsg
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\open_source_licenses.txt
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\openssl.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\pcre.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\common\hgfsServer.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\common\hgfsUsability.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\common\thinprint.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\common\vix.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\autoLogon.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\autoUpgrade.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\bitMapper.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\deployPkgPlugin.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\disableUserNameHibernate.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\diskWiper.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\grabbitmqProxy.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\UserNameInfo.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\hwUpgradeHelper.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\powerOps.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\resolutionSet.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\timeSync.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmsvc\vmbackup.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmusr\desktopEvents.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmusr\dndcp.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmusr\unity.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\plugins\vmusr\vmtray.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\poweroff-vm-default.bat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\poweron-vm-default.bat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\resume-vm-default.bat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\rpctool.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\rvmSetup.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\sigc-2.0.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\ssleay32.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\suspend-vm-default.bat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPAutoConnect.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPAutoConnSvc.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPVCGateway.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\TPVCGatewaydeu.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmacthlp.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmacthlp.txt
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vm-support.vbs
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmtools.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmtoolsd.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMToolsHook.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMToolsHook64.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMToolsHookProc.exe
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VmUpgradeHelper.bat
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMware CAF\pme\bin\CafIntegrationSubsys.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMware CAF\pme\bin\CommAmqpIntegration.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMware CAF\pme\bin\CommAmqpIntegrationSubsys.dll

Registry keys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\211F4ADBF8D328743A1D12CA5CDD0A97
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BDA4F112-3D8F-4782-A3D1-21ACC5DDA079}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools

Additional registry values that you should remove:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache\C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareHostOpen.exe.ApplicationCompany
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache\C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareHostOpen.exe.FriendlyAppName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\211F4ADBF8D328743A1D12CA5CDD0A97\ProductName
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\Folders\C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\Folders\C:\Windows\Installer\{BDA4F112-3D8F-4782-A3D1-21ACC5DDA079}\
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TPAutoConnSvc\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\TPVCGateway\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VGAuthService\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMTools\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMware Physical Disk Helper Service\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMwareCAFCommAmqpListener\ImagePath
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\VMwareCAFManagementAgentHost\ImagePath




How to remove VMware Tools with Advanced Uninstaller PRO

VMware Tools is a program offered by the software company VMware, Inc.. Some computer users try to uninstall this program. This is easier said than done because performing this by hand requires some advanced knowledge regarding Windows program uninstallation. The best SIMPLE approach to uninstall VMware Tools is to use Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Take the following steps on how to do this:

1. If you don't have Advanced Uninstaller PRO on your Windows PC, install it. This is good because Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a very potent uninstaller and all around utility to take care of your Windows computer.

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2. Run Advanced Uninstaller PRO. It's recommended to take some time to get familiar with Advanced Uninstaller PRO's design and number of tools available. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a powerful package of utilities.

3. Click on the General Tools button
Go to General Tools


4. Click on the Uninstall Programs tool
Go to Uninstall Programs


5. A list of the programs installed on your computer will be shown to you

6. Navigate the list of programs until you find VMware Tools or simply click the Search field and type in "VMware Tools". If it exists on your system the VMware Tools application will be found automatically. After you select VMware Tools in the list , the following data regarding the program is shown to you:


  • Safety rating (in the left lower corner). This tells you the opinion other users have regarding VMware Tools, ranging from "Highly recommended" to "Very dangerous".
  • Reviews by other users - Click on the Read reviews button.
  • Technical information regarding the program you are about to remove, by clicking on the Properties button.
7. Click the Uninstall button. A confirmation page will show up. Confirm the uninstall by pressing Uninstall. Advanced Uninstaller PRO will automatically uninstall VMware Tools.
Uninstall VMware Tools


8. After removing VMware Tools, Advanced Uninstaller PRO will offer to run an additional cleanup. Press Next to perform the cleanup. All the items of VMware Tools that have been left behind will be found and you will be able to delete them. By uninstalling VMware Tools with Advanced Uninstaller PRO, you are assured that no Windows registry entries, files or directories are left behind on your disk.

Your Windows PC will remain clean, speedy and ready to serve you properly.

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Disclaimer

This page is not a recommendation to remove VMware Tools by VMware, Inc. from your PC, nor are we saying that VMware Tools by VMware, Inc. is not a good application for your PC. This page simply contains detailed info on how to remove VMware Tools supposing you decide this is what you want to do. Here you can find registry and disk entries that other software left behind and Advanced Uninstaller PRO discovered and classified as "leftovers" on other users' PCs.

2017-03-11 / Written by Daniel Statescu for Advanced Uninstaller PRO

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Last update on: 2017-03-11 20:58:06.200