In today's post I'll show How to remove VMware Tools manually. I was migrating some VMs to newly deployed ESXi host, and I was also upgrading to the latest Virtual Hardware some guest Os. After I wanted to update VMware tools in those VMs, but I run into a problem.
Then I had a trouble with VMware Tools. No matter what I was doing I had an error saying that there is a network error while attempting to read from the file c:\windows\Installer\Vmware Tools.msi. I could not go further and basically I was stuck.
The screenshots looked like this…
To resolve this trouble, you'll have to to the following:
01. Open the Windows Registry editor. Click Start > Run. Type “regedit” press Enter.
02. Browse to HKLM \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\uninstall.
03. There you'll have to search for the branch with a key named DisplayName and has a value of VMware Tools . Do a search, because the branch won't tell you much… (see img.) You must Delete the branch associated with that entry. Make sure that you not to a mistake and DO NOT delete the entire uninstall branch…
04. Browse to HKLM\Software\Classes\Installer\Products . Search for the branch with the key named ProductName and has a value of VMware Tools . Delete the branch associated with that entry.
05. Then Browse again to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products and look for the branch with the key named ProductName and has a value of VMware Tools . Delete the branch associated with that entry.
06. Browse to HKLM \Software\VMware. Delete the branch called VMware Tools .
07. Delete also the sub-folder from c:\Program files\Vmware\VMware Tools
Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server virtual machines
Start the virtual machine and log on as the Administrator. Take a full backup of the registry prior to editing it. Do not skip this step. Open the Windows Registry editor. Click Start, type regedit, and press Enter.
Note: On Windows 8, you need to type the above command within the Run prompt. This can be accessed by using the following hot key combination, Windows Key + R.
Delete these registry keys if they exist:
Source: It came from a KB found at VMware’s Knowledge Base article here.