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Why can’t I uninstall VMWare? I’ve been trying to update my computer but VMWare is getting in the way and I’m trying to uninstall it but it doesn’t work. Help?

Why can’t I uninstall VMWare? I’ve been trying to update my computer but VMWare is getting in the way and I’m trying to uninstall it but it doesn’t work. Help?


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  1. Any chance if you click ~~uninstall~~ modify the actual installer gives the option to uninstall?

    For example, when attempting to remove MS Office, it just would launch the Setup.exe and it would detect if there was an existing installation and give you the option to Add/Modify/Uninstall from there.

  2. Not so much a VMware issue, but – is this on Windows, ie Workstation and the like?

    The uninstall process sometimes goes south on Windows (not with VMware stuff only, but I mean in general.)

    https://www.revouninstaller.com/ can force an uninstall, and clean up the registry entries and such as the last step of the process.

    Also, https://www.bcuninstaller.com/ may help for some situations.

    Both these tools can be used to do real damage to your Windows install, if you get a little too frisky with your choices. Fair warning.

    But Revo has saved my butt numerous times – for instance, an app on some terminal servers that couldn’t launch and couldn’t uninstall with its own tools, and reinstall failed because the app was in some weird state, so I was stuck. Until I tried the free Revo version and hard removed it and its registry entries, and then I reinstalled the app. Many users won’t need it, and most will get by fine with the free version, but it’s a solid app to have in your toolbox.

    The Bulk Crap uninstaller comes in really handy for removing the trash Microsoft adds to new Windows too, it can uninstall stuff that doesn’t even have uninstallers, and a fair amount it can just delete in quiet mode, so it just goes away. This one is FOSS but donation-ware.

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