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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,389
United States Rank #5,295
Reach 0.0911%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 18.73 days
552.42 days >
Average installed length: 290.25 days


VersionDistribution 0.11% 0.56% 0.28% 0.56% 0.11% 0.39% 0.06% 1.67% 0.39% 0.06% 2.28% 0.06% 2.39% 0.39% 0.06% 1.73% 1.17% 1.50% 0.78% 0.33% 1.61% 0.33% 0.61% 0.06% 0.67% 2.67% 3.34% 3.67% 0.45% 0.84% 0.84% 1.67% 0.22% 9.30% 7.85% 3.90% 0.17% 0.33% 0.50% 0.50% 1.06% 0.17% 0.50% 1.06% 0.11% 0.17% 2.39% 1.06% 4.29% 6.85% 2.51%
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VMware Tools

What is VMware Tools?

The VMware Tools package adds drivers and utilities to improve the graphical performance, including mouse tracking, for different guest operating systems. The package also enables some integration between the guest and host systems, including shared folders, plug-and-play devices, clock synchronisation, and cutting-and-pasting across environments.

About  (from VMware)

It is very important that you install VMware Tools in the guest operating system. With the VMware Tools SVGA driver installed, Workstation supports significantly faster graphics performance. The VMware Tools package provides support required for shared folders and for drag and drop operations. Other tools in the pac...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. 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 primary executable is named vmtoolsd.exe. The setup package generally installs about 43 files and is usually about 19.02 MB (19,944,775 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.vmware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{FE2F6A2C-196E-4210-9C04-2B1BC21F07EF}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 19.02 MB

Program filesFiles installed by VMware Tools

Program executable:vmtoolsd.exe
Name:VMware Tools
VMware Tools Core Service
Path:C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmtoolsd.exe
Additional files:
  • vsepumc.dll - VMware Guest Introspection User Mode Component
  • deployPkg.dll - VMware Virtual Image Editing Framework (VMware Deployment Package Library)
  • vmrawdsk.sys - VMware Raw Disk Helper Driver
  • hgfs.dll - VMware Tools (VMware Tools HGFS Library)
  • rvmSetup.exe - VMware RVM Setup Service
  • vmacthlp.exe - VMware Activation Helper
  • vmtools.dll - VMware Tools Runtime Library
  • VMToolsHook.dll - VMware Tools Window Hook Library
  • VMToolsHook64.dll
  • VMToolsHookProc.exe - VMware Tools Window Hook 32-bit Worker Process
  • VMwareCplLauncher.exe - VMware Control Panel Launcher
  • VMwareHgfsClient.exe - VMware HGFS Client
  • VMwareHostOpen.exe - Default Host Application
  • VMwareNamespaceCmd.exe - Namespace Manager tool
  • VMwareResolutionSet.exe - VMware Resolution Set
  • VMwareToolboxCmd.exe - VMware command line Toolbox
  • VMwareTray.exe - VMware Tools tray application
  • VMwareXferlogs.exe - VMware xferlogs Utility
  • TPVCGateway.exe (by Cortado AG) - ThinPrint Virtual Channel Gateway (ThinPrint Virtual Channel Gateway Service)
  • TPVCGatewaydeu.dll (by Cortado AG)
  • TPAutoConnect.exe - TPAutoConnect (ThinPrint AutoConnect component)
  • TPAutoConnSvc.exe - ThinPrint AutoConnect printer creation service
  • sigc-2.0.dll (by The libsigc++ development team (see AUTHORS)) - libsigc++ (The Typesafe Callback Framework for C++)
  • glibmm-2.4.dll (by The glibmm development team (see AUTHORS)) - glibmm (The official C++ wrapper for glib)
  • gio-2.0.dll (by The GLib developer community) - GLib (Gio)
  • glib-2.0.dll (by The GLib developer community)
  • gmodule-2.0.dll - GModule
  • gobject-2.0.dll - GObject
  • gthread-2.0.dll - GThread
  • rpctool.exe
  • zip.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Services
  • vmtoolsd.exe runs as a service named 'VMware Tools' (VMTools) "Provides support for synchronizing objects between the host and guest operating systems.".
  • vmacthlp.exe runs as a service named 'VMware Physical Disk Helper Service' (VMware Physical Disk Helper Service) "Enables support for running virtual machines from a physical disk partition".
  • TPAutoConnSvc.exe runs as a service named 'TP AutoConnect Service' (TPAutoConnSvc) "ThinPrint component for creating printers or connecting printer shares automatically.".
  • TPVCGateway.exe runs as a service named 'TP VC Gateway Service' (TPVCGateway) "ThinPrint component that receives print data from dedicated print servers and forwards it to ThinPrint ICA/RDP Clients.".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • vmtoolsd.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VMware User Process' which loads as "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\vmtoolsd.exe" -n vmusr.
  • VMwareTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VMware Tools' which loads as "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMwareTray.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:7.81 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0065168360%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00322693%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00328991%
0.015104% average
70 average

How do I remove VMware Tools?

You can uninstall VMware Tools 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 Tools, 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 Tools.

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.01%
Windows 10 30.40%
Windows XP 12.14%
Windows Server 2003 2.28%
Windows Vista 2.17%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 16.77%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.37%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.07%
Windows 7 Enterprise 7.94%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.88%
Windows 10 Pro 6.76%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.55% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.55%
  Germany 5.25%
  Italy 4.48%
  France 3.71%
  Canada 3.32%
  United Kingdom 2.74%
  Spain 2.02%
  Netherlands 2.02%
  Poland 1.59%
  UA 1.54%
  Japan 1.49%
  Israel 1.49%
  Taiwan 1.20%
  Brazil 1.11%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Intel 77.19%
ASUS 7.52%
Dell 4.16%
Hewlett-Packard 3.91%
Apple 2.87%
Acer 2.39%
Lenovo 0.73%
Samsung 0.24%
Sahara 0.24%
Sony 0.18%
Common models
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 90.07%
VMware, Inc. VMware7,1 1.10%
Parallels Software Intern... 0.37%
LENOVO 20354 0.30%
innotek GmbH VirtualBox 0.30%
Dell Latitude E6410 0.24%

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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