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A way to uninstall VMware Tools from your computer

You can find on this page details on how to remove VMware Tools for Windows. The Windows version was developed by VMware, Inc.. Check out here where you can find out more on VMware, Inc.. VMware Tools is frequently installed in the C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools directory, depending on the user's decision. The full uninstall command line for VMware Tools is MsiExec.exe /I{EC7A4BA8-3A3E-4BC2-910E-2B2B4CD6B4E7}. VMware Tools's primary file takes around 72.19 KB (73920 bytes) and is named vmtoolsd.exe.

VMware Tools installs the following the executables on your PC, taking about 2.80 MB (2937008 bytes) on disk.

  • rpctool.exe (110.69 KB)
  • rvmSetup.exe (33.50 KB)
  • TPAutoConnect.exe (1.02 MB)
  • TPAutoConnSvc.exe (501.33 KB)
  • TPVCGateway.exe (552.83 KB)
  • vmtoolsd.exe (72.19 KB)
  • VMToolsHookProc.exe (59.69 KB)
  • VMwareHgfsClient.exe (21.69 KB)
  • VMwareHostOpen.exe (90.19 KB)
  • VMwareResolutionSet.exe (61.69 KB)
  • VMwareToolboxCmd.exe (40.19 KB)
  • VMwareXferlogs.exe (144.69 KB)
  • zip.exe (139.69 KB)
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The information on this page is only about version of VMware Tools. You can find here a few links to other VMware Tools releases:

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Some files and registry entries are regularly left behind when you uninstall VMware Tools.

Folders left behind when you uninstall VMware Tools:
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools

The files below are left behind on your disk when you remove VMware Tools:
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\dbghelp.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\deployPkg.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\vmhgfs.dll
  • C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\Drivers\hgfs\vmhgfs.sys

Registry keys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{DA0AF8D3-3625-45E7-8F5E-631AB1F92273}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Tools

Registry values that are not removed from your PC:
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\VMwareHostOpen.exe\shell\open\command\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2c6594dc-04ad-490f-a447-dc8e2772e9cb}\LocalServer32\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VMwareHostOpen.AssocFile\shell\open\command\
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VMwareHostOpen.AssocURL\shell\open\command\

A way to uninstall VMware Tools using Advanced Uninstaller PRO

VMware Tools is a program released by the software company VMware, Inc.. Frequently, users try to erase this program. Sometimes this is hard because doing this manually takes some experience related to removing Windows applications by hand. The best SIMPLE action to erase VMware Tools is to use Advanced Uninstaller PRO. Here are some detailed instructions about how to do this:

1. If you don't have Advanced Uninstaller PRO on your Windows system, install it. This is good because Advanced Uninstaller PRO is an efficient uninstaller and all around utility to maximize the performance of your Windows computer.


2. Start Advanced Uninstaller PRO. It's recommended to take your time to admire Advanced Uninstaller PRO's design and wealth of features available. Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a powerful PC management program.

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

4. Press the Uninstall Programs tool
Go to Uninstall Programs

5. A list of the programs installed on your computer will appear

6. Navigate the list of programs until you locate VMware Tools or simply click the Search feature and type in "VMware Tools". If it exists on your system the VMware Tools application will be found very quickly. Notice that after you select VMware Tools in the list of apps, some information regarding the application is available to you:

  • Safety rating (in the lower left corner). This explains the opinion other people have regarding VMware Tools, ranging from "Highly recommended" to "Very dangerous".
  • Opinions by other people - Click on the Read reviews button.
  • Details regarding the application you are about to remove, by pressing the Properties button.
7. Click the Uninstall button. A window asking you to confirm will appear. accept the removal by clicking Uninstall. Advanced Uninstaller PRO will uninstall VMware Tools.
Uninstall VMware Tools

8. After uninstalling VMware Tools, Advanced Uninstaller PRO will ask you to run an additional cleanup. Click Next to proceed with the cleanup. All the items of VMware Tools which have been left behind will be detected and you will be able to delete them. By removing VMware Tools using Advanced Uninstaller PRO, you can be sure that no registry entries, files or folders are left behind on your disk.

Your computer will remain clean, speedy and able to serve you properly.


Geographical user distribution

  • 10.0
  • Windows 7 (6.1)
  • Windows XP (5.1)
  • Windows 8.1 (6.3)
  • Windows Vista (6.0)
  • Windows 8 (6.2)
  • Windows 2000 (5.0)
  • Windows Server 2003 (5.2)
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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 software application. This page simply contains detailed instructions on how to remove VMware Tools in case you decide this is what you want to do. The information above contains registry and disk entries that other software left behind and Advanced Uninstaller PRO discovered and classified as "leftovers" on other users' PCs.

2016-07-05 / Written by Daniel Statescu for Advanced Uninstaller PRO

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Last update on: 2016-07-05 15:13:02.723