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What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #18,113
United States Rank #16,559
Reach 0.0131%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 89.42 days
821.73 days >
Average installed length: 431.76 days


VersionDistribution 2.70% 0.77% 0.39% 0.39% 0.39% 1.54% 0.77% 0.39% 0.39% 8.88% 26.64% 1.16% 16.22% 11.97% 7.34% 3.09% 1.54% 1.54% 2.70% 6.95% 0.39% 1.54% 1.54% 0.77%

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VMware Player

What is VMware Player?  (from VMware)

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software. VMware Pl...  Read more


VMware Player is a program developed by VMware. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is vmplayer.exe. The software installer includes 97 files and is usually about 8.01 MB (8,403,968 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 48% of users of VMware Player come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Netherlands.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.vmware.com
Help link: css.wdf.sap.corp/sap/bc/bsp/sap/itsm_inbox/default.htm?~BCSM10-THEMKEXT=PCUSER&~OKCODE=GOON
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Player\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{A53A11EA-0095-493F-86FA-A15E8A86A405}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 8.01 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VMware Player

Program executable:vmplayer.exe
Name:VMware Workstation
VMware Player
Path:C:\Program Files\vmware\vmware player\vmplayer.exe
Additional files:
  • deployPkg.dll - VMware Virtual Image Editing Framework (VMware Deployment Package Library)
  • vixDiskMountApi.dll - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone (vixDiskMountApi dynamic link library)
  • vixDiskMountServer.exe - Virtual disk mount utility
  • farexec-service.exe - VMware Converter Hosted (VMware Farexec Service)
  • p2vJobManager.dll - VMware P2V Job Manager Library
  • p2vSupport.dll - VMware P2V Support Library
  • p2vXML.dll - VMware P2V XML Library
  • tibdll.dll - VMware Wrapper DLL for Acronis True Image
  • vmnetbridge.dll - VMware Network Driver (VMware bridge notify DLL (32-bit))
  • vnetinst.dll - VMware network adapter install library
  • adjperm.dll - VMware Workstation (adjperm DLL)
  • drvInst64.exe - VMware 64-bit Install Utility
  • elevated.dll - VMware elevated COM library
  • gvmomi.dll - VMOMI dynamic link library
  • hqtray.exe - VMware Host Network Access Status Tray Application
  • ntwrap.dll - ntwrap DLL for Windows 2000 (and later)
  • p2vHlpr.dll - VMware P2V Helper DLL
  • p2vWizard.dll - VMware Import Wizard DLL
  • sysimgbase.dll - Sysimgbase Dynamic Link Library
  • vmappcfg.dll - vmappcfg Module
  • vmappsdk.dll - vmappsdk Module
  • vmapputil.dll - VMware application utility library
  • vmauthd.dll - VMware event log source
  • vmclientcore.dll - VMware Player Core Library
  • vmcryptolib.dll - VMware Software Cryptographic Implementation v1.0
  • vmcuiutil.dll - VMware cui library
  • vmdbCOM.dll - vmdbCOM Module
  • vmdkShellExt.dll - VMware Virtual Disk File Shell Extensions
  • vmeventmsg.dll - event message dll
  • vmhwcfg.dll - vmhwcfg Module
  • vmnat.exe - VMware NAT Service
  • vmnetcfg.exe - Virtual Network Configuration Application
  • VMnetDHCP.exe - VMware VMnet DHCP service
  • vmnetmgr.dll
  • vmnetui.dll - Virtual Network Configuration DLL
  • vmPerfmon.dll - vmwarePerfmon DLL
  • vmuires.dll - VMware Custom Resource DLL
  • vmware-acetool.exe - VMware ACE Support Tool
  • vmware-authd.exe - VMware Authorization Service
  • vmwarebase.dll - VMware base library
  • vnetlib.dll - VMware network install library
  • vmapplib.dll - VMware Player (VMware application library)
  • vnetlib.exe - VMware network install library executable
  • vnetsniffer.exe - vnetsniffer application
  • vnetstats.exe - vnetstats application
  • pixops.dll - pixops
  • vmware-vmx.exe - VMware Player VMX
  • TPClnVM.dll (by ThinPrint GmbH) - .print Client for VMware (VMware Virtual Channel Plugin)
  • TPClnt.dll (by ThinPrint GmbH) - .print Client Windows
  • TPClntdeu.dll - .print Client Windows Sprachressourcen
  • TPClntjpn.dll
  • TPClntloc.dll - .print Client Windows language resources
  • libeay32.dll (by Eric Young, The OpenSSL Project, VMware) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Crypto Library)
  • libeaynf32.dll (by Eric Young, The OpenSSL Project, VMware)
  • ssleay32.dll - OpenSSL SSL/TLS Library
  • ssleaynf32.dll
  • sbimageapi.dll (by StorageCraft Technology) - ShadowProtect (TM) (ShadowProtect Image API)
  • TPView.dll - ThinPrint Viewture (ThinPrint Previewer)
  • TPViewdeu.dll
  • libcurl.dll (by Daniel Stenberg and VMware) - The cURL library (libcurl Shared Library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • vmware-authd.exe runs as a service named 'VMware Authorization Service' (VMAuthdService) "Authorization and authentication service for starting and accessing virtual machines".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • hqtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VMware hqtray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Player\hqtray.exe".

How do I remove VMware Player?

You can uninstall VMware Player from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program VMware Player, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove VMware Player.

Win 7 (SP1) 55%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.62%
Windows XP 13.51%
Windows Vista 13.51%
Windows 10 12.36%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 22.57%
Windows 7 Professional 17.12%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.23%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.84%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.51%
Windows 7 Enterprise 6.23%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.90% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.90%
  Germany 11.33%
  Netherlands 3.88%
  France 2.91%
  Australia 2.59%
  Italy 2.27%
  Canada 2.27%
  Brazil 1.62%
  United Kingdom 1.62%
  Israel 1.62%
  Hungary 1.29%
  Spain 1.29%
  Indonesia 0.97%
  India 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.17%
Hewlett-Packard 30.52%
Acer 16.23%
Toshiba 7.14%
ASUS 3.90%
Intel 1.95%
Compaq 1.30%
Medion 1.30%
Sahara 1.30%
Common models
Dell MM061 2.68%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.68%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.68%
HP EliteBook 8460p 2.68%
ASUS All Series 1.79%
Dell Latitude E5410 1.79%

About VMware

VMware provides virtualization platform products that include a player that enables users to run virtual machines on their desktops as well as Workstation for software developers and IT professionals, Server, which enables virtual partitioning of a server, Virtual SMP that enables a virtual machine to use four physical processors simultaneously and VMFS, which allows multiple ESX Servers to share block-based storage.
Publisher URL: www.vmware.com


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