I try to uninstall but it fails with some message like "The feature you are trying to use is on a Network Drive... ". It prompts me to locate the VMwaretools.msi in some windows\temp directory. This is, of course fruitless.
So I try the installer with the same result.
On a whim, I open a command window and run setup.exe -h. I didn't capture the window it lists the optsion you can manually add to the installer. One of which is "/c" which says "Clean Installer Registry" or something like that.
So, this worked for me:
- Attach the VMWare tools ISO from the vCenter client or just "Install VMWare tools" in the Guest Menu
- Log into the VM (I like the console client, righ click on the VM and Open Console)
- open a command window (start/run/cmd)
- Change to the CD-ROM drive (In my case just "E:" and enter)
- List the directory to be sure you see the setup.exe (dir *.exe)
- Run the setup.exe with the clean option. setup.exe /c
- Wait a few moments for a popup window indicating the registry is clean
- Click OK
- You can run the setup from the command window. setup.exe
- When it has finished the install, it will want to reboot, so go for it
Hopefully this solves you VMware tools install/uninstall issue too.
I am running VMware 5.1 and 5.5. The original tools were installed on a 4.1 system.