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    I have read some discussion that Player 6.0.7 will run on a 32bit installation of Windows 10. That's a good start :-)


    I am currently running Player 6.0.7 on a 32bit Windows 8.1 PC. Player 6.0.7 lets me run some very important legacy apps from my old Win98 as a virtual machine.


    What I want to know is this: If I take the plunge and do the Windows upgrade from 8.1 to 10 on my current PC, will I be able to just fire up Player 6.0.7 after the upgrade and it will work just as it did before?


    Has anyone done this successfully?


    *Some background: The reason I ask if this will work, is that I am concerned that after the OS upgrade, my PC system might be different enough that it will trigger some kind of Windows activation issue for the virtual machine OS.

    More background and another question; I managed to get Windows 10 Preview running on an old netbook just to have a look at the OS. I also tried to open the .vmx file of my Win98 vm on the Netbook. It seemed like it was going to work and then it got stuck at the Windows activation. I guess this has something to due with the Netbook not having the same components/configuration/motherboard/etc as the PC on which the .vmx file was created. Q: Is there a way around this sort of issue?

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    My vmware player does not show gest machines in the library. My troubleshooting suggests its a permissions error on whereever the library data is stored.


    When I try to open a guest machine  the player does not show the  guest in the inventory pane of the  player. However I can run  vmplayer /path/to/machine.vmx and the machine  will open execute  properly.


    When  I run vmware player as root (or even a regular user) it works   correctly - so it seems clearly tied to my user account. I have tried rm  -rf ~/.vmware and rerunning the player but I  get the same behavior.


    The problem happens with all guest machines - so it does not appear to be related to anything about a machine itself.


    Does anyone know where vmware player stores the inventory data? Nothing in the  ~/.vmware directory seems to be related to this, but the library data must be persisted somewhere. Where is this file?


    I'm running vmware player 3.1.3 build-324285 on Ubuntu Linux  2.6.31-22-generic-pae Ubuntu 9.10.

    Thanks for any help.

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    I use VMware Player  7.1.2 build-2780323 for a variety of testing purposes. One of the things I am noticing is that some of the files I encounter in the virtual environment are showing up in the Host machine. For example, if I download a file in the virtual OS machine, that file eventually shows up in:




    Maybe the intent of the files showing here was backup, but the problem for me is that if I am working with files that could corrupt the Host machine, that's a problem. Is there a way to eliminate this function?


    Thanks in advance for your help with this!


    Sean C

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  • 11/16/15--02:00: Reclaim unsed space
  • Hi All


    I have a Windows 7 VM (guest) which has a 80G drive with a total unused space of about 40G. How do I reclaim that space so that my vmdk file which is now 80G can be reduced to 40G?



    So far I have tried to use vmwaretools to shrink the disk but it does not reduce the size of the vmdk. I have also tried to V2V convert but dont see an option to reduce the disk size.

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    Running VM Workstation Player 12.0.1


    The guest OS Windows 10 Home x64 was updated from 10240 (TH1) to 10586 (TH2), and now the Shared Folders does not work.


    VMware Tools 10.0.1


    Anybody else seen this problem? Any solutions.

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    Hello together,


    i get this error(s) (see attachment) when trying to start any vmdk file. Does anyone have a clue why it doesnt work? I see error like "Cannot create a file that already exists" or "cannot find file in ####"


    I asked my collegues already but noone can help...

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    Hello Forum


    i have a bridged connection and ping and tracert works but i cannot open a page or any other internet things




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    I'm having a weird issue with Copy and Paste on both the VMplayer and Workstation.  I have spent many hours trying to diagnose this and have finally thrown my hands up in frustration.


    First, my environment is:

    • Host: Ubuntu Linux version 14.04
    • Vmware Workstation 10.0.2 build-1744117
    • VMware Player 6.0.2 build-1744117
    • VM's running Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux 14.04
    • Browser on Host: Google Chrome Version 35.0.1916.153


    The issue is that I cannot copy and paste text between the Host browser (Google Chrome) and any application on any Guest VM.


    Here is what I can do:

    • I am able to Copy and Paste files between the Host and Guest VM's. 
    • I am able to Copy and Paste text between other applications on the Host and applications running on the VM's.
    • I am able to Copy and Paste text between FireFox, running on the Host and applications running on the VM's.
    • I can use the Google Chrome browser, running in the VM's, to Copy and Paste text to applications within the same VM's. 
    • I can use the Google Chrome browser within the VM to transfer data to another application running on a different VM.
    • I can transfer text from Google Chrome running on a VM to a text input box on the Host Google Chrome.


    The common denominator seems to be Google Chrome on the Host. 


    Is this an issue with VMware or Google Chrome or Ubuntu Linux or a combination of the three?  Has anyone else had this issue?  The only work-around I have found to this is to copy the desired text on the Chrome browser of the Host to a text editor on the Host and then copy from the text editor to the desired VM application, but this is cumbersome.  Any suggestions would be welcome.

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    It used to work perfectly well but at some point it became almost unusable - I'm running Windows 8.1 guest on Ubuntu 14.10 host (vmplayer 7.0, attaching about screenshot).

    It is i7 with 8 gigs of ram, 2x SSD (windows guest on dedicated SSD), nVidia NVS 5400M, original nvidia driver).



    At some point cpu usage increases dramatically without me doing anything in guest and just stays high.

    It's impossible to use host or guest (I can't even switch KDE or Windows' windows, the graphical UI just freezes).


    Even if I try to SSH to the machine, it is also horribly slow (it takes an minute to login).


    TOP reveals vmware-vmx and xorg cpu usage very high.


    If I strace, I can see many "resource temporarily unavailable" errors, I guess that could be the reason for lockups (see attached files)


    Does anyone have an idea what could be wrong? :-S

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    I have a Logitech C525 webcam.  My host OS is Windows 10 Version 1511, build 10586.11.  I'm using the latest version of VMware Workstation 12 Player.  The webcam won't work in any apps on my PC host except the built-in Windows 10 Camera app.  Other apps (such as Skype) either give a black rectangle with a spinning circle (in Video Options), or the message “Can't start video, try closing other programs ...”.


    I thought that this was a problem with Windows 10 or the Logitech driver, but recently I've discovered that the webcam works within a virtual guest machine (eg. it worked with a WinXP VM).


    I suspect that one of the VMware components is taking ownership of my webcam and stopping apps on my PC from using it.  The problem occurs at all times - whether a VMware guest is running or not.


    I have tried disabling all of the VMware services, including the VMware USB Arbitration Service, but this doesn't fix it.


    This problem seemed to start when I upgraded VMware Workstation 12 Player to the latest version.


    Its starting to look like it might be a VMware problem.  It doesn't seem to feature much on the Internet as a problem with other users.  It might be possible to prove this by uninstalling VMWare Player, but I'd like to try this forum first to see if there is a fix.


    There is a detailed description of the problem here: with links to my system info.


    Thanks in advance.

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    The previous version 12.0.0 has been completely uninstalled; no other vmware product on the host.



    No error message at CLI.

    From the log: "Failed to connect to the existing arbitrator."


    2015-11-25T11:09:26.490+01:00| usbArb| I125: Log for VMware USB Arbitration Service pid=1261 version=12.0.1 build=build-3127166 option=Release

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.490+01:00| usbArb| I125: The process is 64-bit.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.490+01:00| usbArb| I125: Host codepage=UTF-8 encoding=UTF-8

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.490+01:00| usbArb| I125: Host is Linux 4.2.0-18-generic Ubuntu 15.10

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: VTHREAD initialize main thread 3 "usbArb" tid 1261

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at /usr/lib/vmware/settings. Using default values.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: Could not expand environment variable HOME.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: DictionaryLoad: Cannot open file "~/.vmware/config": No such file or directory.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Optional preferences file not found at ~/.vmware/config. Using default values.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: Could not expand environment variable HOME.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Disabling user preferences because disableUserPreferences is set.

    2015-11-25T11:09:26.453+01:00| usbArb| I125: PREF Failed to load user preferences.

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.905+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- GLOBAL SETTINGS /usr/lib/vmware/settings

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.905+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- NON PERSISTENT

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.905+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- USER PREFERENCES

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- USER DEFAULTS ~/.vmware/config

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- HOST DEFAULTS /etc/vmware/config

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                NETWORKING = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT            VMBLOCK_CONFED = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT           gksu.rootMethod = "su"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                    libdir = "/usr/lib/vmware"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT               VMCI_CONFED = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT              VSOCK_CONFED = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             initscriptdir = "/etc/init.d"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT            authd.fullpath = "/usr/sbin/vmware-authd"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT                    bindir = "/usr/bin"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.componentDownloadEnabled = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.autoSoftwareUpdateEnabled.epoch = "8829457160"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT        vix.config.version = "1"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT    player.product.version = "12.0.1"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.dataCollectionEnabled.epoch = "3961949418"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.dataCollectionEnabled = "no"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.transferVersion = "1"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT installerDefaults.autoSoftwareUpdateEnabled = "yes"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT       product.buildNumber = "3160714"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT --- SITE DEFAULTS /usr/lib/vmware/config

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT         = "introduction.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT   tag.configurationEditor = "config_editor_newvm.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             tag.ideConfig = "devices_virtualdrive.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT          tag.floppyConfig = "devices_floppy.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT           tag.mouseConfig = "devices_mouse.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             tag.netConfig = "devices_netadapter.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT        tag.parallelConfig = "devices_parallel.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT          tag.serialConfig = "devices_serial.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT           tag.soundConfig = "devices_sound.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             tag.memConfig = "configvm_memory.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT            tag.miscConfig = "configvm.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT             tag.usbConfig = "devices_usb.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT         tag.displayConfig = "configvm_display-problems.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: DICT        = "vmtools.htm"

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: USBArbRuleStore: Loading device rules from '/etc/vmware/usbarb.rules'.

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: VMware USB Arbitration Service Version 15.1.6

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: USBGL: USB Sysfs found at /dev/bus/usb

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: Attempting to connect to existing arbitrator on /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket.

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: SOCKET creating new socket, connecting to /var/run/vmware/usbarbitrator-socket

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: SOCKET connect failed, error 2: No such file or directory

    2015-11-25T11:09:28.906+01:00| usbArb| I125: USBArb: Failed to connect to the existing arbitrator.

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    I recently upgraded from Fedora 22 to Fedora 23 and can no longer run VMware Workstation 12.0.1 Player.


    I have tried uninstalling the component using sudo vmware-installer --uninstall-component=vmware-player and then reinstalling it to no avail. The installation is always successful, but when I try to launch the application, it spins for a little while then gives up. I tried uninstalling it again removing the previous configuration, but this still doesn't work.


    I'm running

    Fedora 23 Workstation

    Linux kernel 4.2.6-300.fc23.x86_64

    GNOME Version 3.18.1

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    Workstation 12 Player

    Host: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (x64)

    VM: Windows 10 (x64)


    Drag and drop of files works in both directions and copying text from the guest VM to the host is fine, but as the subject states, I am not able to get a true copy/paste from the host to the VM. 


    Interestingly, I've been able to highlight some text in the host and drag it to certain apps in the VM such as Chrome and OneNote, but NOT to notepad.


    I've tried a variety of the below settings in the vmx file, but can't get any better results than described above:
 = "TRUE"
 = "TRUE"
 = "TRUE"
 = "FALSE"


    *NOTE*.  I just noticed as I was putting this post together that I CAN copy from some host applications (gedit, FireFox, & Eclipse tested) and successfully paste into the VM.  I canNOT successfully copy from Chrome in the host OS, though. 


    It now seems this is more of a Chrome issue on my host.  At least I now know a work-around of pasting the text into an intermediary app between host/Chrome and the VM.  Has anyone else already gone through this and have any thoughts on how to resolve?

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    I'm trying to remove VMware Bridge Protocol after an uninstall of VMware player 12.0.1-3160714 on Windows 10 Pro. Apparently the VMware uninstaller did not do a clean uninstall. Attempt to delete it causes this error as shown in screenshot.



    I've also tried to remove the protocol via regedit at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Network, and upon reboot the protocol still remains.

    This is a problem because it is preventing me from applying IPV4 settings, giving me the "An unexpected condition occured" when I try to apply DNS settings.


    Can anyone tell me how to remove that damn protocol apart from reinstalling Windows 10?

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    I entered in the machine's vmx file



    Now my questions are, when do I have to press ESC to access the boot menu, and is bios.bootdelay="5555" needed?

    Specifically (and to circle around the question in various ways)

    do I have to press ESC before the vmware logo appears, or in the first 5.555 seconds of the vmware logo? is the bootdelay counted from the moment the vmware logo appears? Is there an ESC time window anyway? Is there documentation about accessing the efi boot menu?


    I'm able to access to boot menu by pressing ESC many times, but I'm unsure and did not find it in Google.



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    I am running VMW Workstation 12 Player, the printer icon on the top right toolbar is shows a printer as present, the box on virtual printing is ticked in Player/File/Preferences and it shows as 'Present' in Player/Manage/Virtual Machine Settings. Connected and Connect at power on are also both ticked.


    However, when I want to print, a message comes up "Before you can perform printer-related tasks... you need to install a printer. Do you want to install one now?"


    When I then try to install a printer it can't find one despite that I can print from W10 to a network printer.


    Please can you help.

    Many thanks

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    I installed windows 7 64 bits pro. Screen resolution in auto mode. Real resolution 1920x1020. Works fine.

    I updated the system to windows 10 latest version (30nov 2015) works fine but the OS is still noted as windows 7

    I changed the selection field to windows 10 64 bits pro.

    Workstation 12 player thinks that I changed or moved the client.

    The effect is: The screen size changed in maximum 1152X864 resolution and there is no way to select 1920x1020. Not from the workstation player and not from the configuration menu in the client.

    Changing the OS version back to windows 7 64 bit pro (but actually still using windows 10 64 bit pro) tells VMPLAYER to tell me that I  moved or changed the client again. Ok

    Then I can change in manual resolution selection the resolution to 1920x1080 (workstation player) and in the client 1920x1020 is again selectable.


    My questions are is:

    One :What is the use of this version field? For me it seemed a good idea to change it but it caused me a lot of problems.

    Second question: What are the implications for me if I leave it as windows 7 64 bit.

    Three: If this version selection causes this kind of problems what else changes? (Please note that the auto part no longer seems to work after changing the version back so the system is no longer the same)


    Some remarks:

    1 I could reproduce the problem using an other client however the resolution was 1600x1200 and not 1152x864



    I would appreciate it if anyone knows the answer and if not this should be a warning for others who toggle the version field.


    Kind Regards


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    I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS linux running in a VMWare Player 6 VM, in a Win7 host.


    This install has been stable for >2yrs, but after some Ubuntu updates today, my screen now boots into 3 repeated and truncated panes.  See bottom of msg for how the display shows.

    I found this VMWare KB article that describes the issue, but I'm unsure this applies to Player6:

    VMware KB: Linux Guest Display Splits into Multiple Panes with Identical Content


    I had installed VMWare Tools using the Player controls, but running the prescribed command in Ubuntu terminal:

    sudo --overwritesvga

    ....doesn't do anything, just gets me to the man pages for this config package.


    Help appreciated!  I'm unable to use this VM as is.



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    hi ,


    whenever i install VMware-player-12.0.0-2985596 in win 10  it's showing processor is not  support the vm player. but as a  requirment for vmplayer my  pc is fulfilled the requirement of vmplayer.


    can any one help me




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    Distributor ID:    Ubuntu

    Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS

    Release:    14.04

    Codename:    trusty

    Just installed workstation player 12.0.0 and VIX





    But cannot run any VM:


    vmrun -T player start "/home/ajn/vmware/FortiGate-VM.vmx"
    Unable to connect to host.

    Error: The specified version was not found


    Some forums talks about the version in /usr/lib/vmware-vix/viwrapper-config.txt


    But, there is no such file viwrapper-config.txt nor vmware-vix directory

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