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A guide to uninstall VMware Tools from your system

VMware Tools is a Windows application. Read more about how to remove it from your computer. It was developed for Windows by VMware, Inc.. Check out here for more information on VMware, Inc.. Detailed information about VMware Tools can be seen at . VMware Tools is typically set up in the C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools folder, however this location may differ a lot depending on the user's decision while installing the program. You can remove VMware Tools by clicking on the Start menu of Windows and pasting the command line MsiExec.exe /I{3B410500-1802-488E-9EF1-4B11992E0440}. Note that you might get a notification for administrator rights. VMwareService.exe is the programs's main file and it takes approximately 132.00 KB (135168 bytes) on disk.

The executable files below are part of VMware Tools. They occupy an average of 324.00 KB (331776 bytes) on disk.

  • VMip.exe (44.00 KB)
  • VMwareService.exe (132.00 KB)
  • VMwareTray.exe (48.00 KB)
  • VMwareUser.exe (100.00 KB)

The current page applies to VMware Tools version 3.1.0000 only. You can find below info on other application versions of VMware Tools:

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After the uninstall process, the application leaves leftovers on the computer. Part_A few of these are shown below.

Folders found on disk after you uninstall VMware Tools from your PC:
  • C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\All Users\Startmen├╝\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools
  • C:\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools

Generally, the following files are left on disk:
  • C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\All Users\Startmen├╝\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools\VM-Statistikprotokollierung starten.lnk
  • C:\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools\dbghelp.dll
  • C:\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools\deployPkg.dll
  • C:\Programme\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\vmhgfs.dll

Registry that is not cleaned:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{6B8C0665-86D9-4dc9-8D58-FABE31A495E3}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\C2A6F2EFE6910124C940B2B12CF170FE
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools

Additional values that you should remove:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\VMwareHostOpen.exe\shell\open\command\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2c6594dc-04ad-490f-a447-dc8e2772e9cb}\LocalServer32\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{C73DA087-EDDB-4a7c-B216-8EF8A3B92C7B}\InprocServer32\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{6B8C0665-86D9-4DC9-8D58-FABE31A495E3}\1.0\0\win32\

A way to delete VMware Tools from your PC with Advanced Uninstaller PRO

VMware Tools is an application released by VMware, Inc.. Frequently, people decide to uninstall this application. This is efortful because removing this manually requires some advanced knowledge related to Windows internal functioning. The best EASY procedure 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 an efficient uninstaller and all around tool to maximize the performance of your Windows computer.


2. Start Advanced Uninstaller PRO. It's recommended to take some time to admire Advanced Uninstaller PRO's design and number of tools available. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a very good PC management program.

3. Press the General Tools button
Go to General Tools

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

5. A list of the applications installed on the PC will appear

6. Navigate the list of applications until you locate VMware Tools or simply activate the Search feature and type in "VMware Tools". If it is installed on your PC the VMware Tools program will be found very quickly. When you select VMware Tools in the list of applications, the following data about the application is shown to you:

  • Star rating (in the left lower corner). The star rating tells you the opinion other users have about VMware Tools, from "Highly recommended" to "Very dangerous".
  • Reviews by other users - Press the Read reviews button.
  • Technical information about the program you are about to remove, by pressing the Properties button.
For example you can see that for VMware Tools:

  • The web site of the application is: http://www.vmware.com
  • The uninstall string is: MsiExec.exe /I{3B410500-1802-488E-9EF1-4B11992E0440}
7. Click the Uninstall button. A confirmation dialog will show up. accept the removal by clicking Uninstall. Advanced Uninstaller PRO will then remove VMware Tools.
Uninstall VMware Tools

8. After removing VMware Tools, Advanced Uninstaller PRO will ask you to run an additional cleanup. Press Next to go ahead with the cleanup. All the items that belong VMware Tools that have been left behind will be found and you will be able to delete them. By uninstalling VMware Tools using Advanced Uninstaller PRO, you can be sure that no registry entries, files or directories are left behind on your PC.

Your system will remain clean, speedy and able to run without errors or problems.


Geographical user distribution

  • Windows XP (5.1)
  • Windows 7 (6.1)
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This page is not a recommendation to remove VMware Tools by VMware, Inc. from your computer, we are not saying that VMware Tools by VMware, Inc. is not a good application for your PC. This page only contains detailed instructions on how to remove VMware Tools supposing you decide this is what you want to do. The information above contains registry and disk entries that Advanced Uninstaller PRO discovered and classified as "leftovers" on other users' PCs.

2016-07-06 / Written by Dan Armano for Advanced Uninstaller PRO

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Last update on: 2016-07-06 14:45:30.307