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What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,639
United States Rank #16,982
Reach 0.0250%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.66 days
462.04 days >
Average installed length: 242.77 days


VersionDistribution 0.20% 0.41% 1.02% 1.42% 2.85% 0.81% 1.83% 1.02% 1.83% 0.20% 0.81% 1.83% 8.54% 1.02% 7.11% 9.15% 14.43% 4.88% 2.24% 4.67% 2.85% 9.55% 2.03% 9.35% 0.20% 0.20% 0.41% 0.41% 0.20% 1.83% 1.22% 1.02% 0.81% 0.20% 1.42% 0.61% 0.20% 0.41% 0.20% 0.20%
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VMware Workstation

What is VMware Workstation?

VMware Workstation is a hypervisor that runs on x64 computers; it enables users to set up multiple virtual machines (VMs) and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux or BSD variants. As such, VMware Workstation allows one physical machine to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. VMware Workstation supports bridging existing host network adapters and share physical disk drives and USB devices with a virtual machine. In addition, it can simulate disk drives. It can mount an existing ISO image file into a virtual optical disc drive so that the virtual machine sees it as real one. Likewise, virtual hard disk drives are made via .vmdk files.


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 vmware.exe. The setup package generally installs about 102 files and is usually about 739.3 KB (757,043 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.vmware.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{A3FF5CB2-FB35-4658-8751-9EDE1D65B3AA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 739.3 KB

Program filesFiles installed by VMware Workstation

Program executable:vmware.exe
Name:VMware Workstation
VMware Virtual Machine Console
Path:C:\Program Files\vmware\vmware workstation\vmware.exe
Additional files:
  • deployPkg.dll - VMware Virtual Image Editing Framework (VMware Deployment Package Library)
  • 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
  • ace_upgrade.exe - VMware Workstation (VMware ACE Upgrade Utility)
  • adjperm.dll - 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
  • iCustBundleGen.dll - Image Customization library
  • ntwrap.dll - ntwrap DLL for Windows 2000 (and later)
  • p2vHlpr.dll - VMware P2V Helper DLL
  • p2vWizard.dll - VMware Import Wizard DLL
  • pkgGen.dll - Package Generation DLL
  • sysimgbase.dll - Sysimgbase Dynamic Link Library
  • vmappcfg.dll - vmappcfg Module
  • vmapplib.dll - VMware application library
  • vmappsdk.dll - vmappsdk Module
  • vmapputil.dll - VMware application utility library
  • vmauthd.dll - VMware event log source
  • vmcuiutil.dll - VMware cui library
  • vmdbcom.dll - vmdbCOM Module
  • 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
  • vmplayer.exe - VMware Player
  • vmrun.exe - vmrun application
  • vmuires.dll - VMware Custom Resource DLL
  • vmware-authd.exe - VMware Authorization Service
  • vmware-fullscreen.exe - VMware fullscreen kiosk player
  • vmware-vdiskmanager.exe - VMware Virtual Disk Manager
  • vnetlib.dll - VMware network install library
  • vnetlib.exe - VMware network install library executable
  • vnetsniffer.exe - vnetsniffer application
  • vnetstats.exe - vnetstats application
  • types.dll - VMware Converter (VMware Hostd VModl Types Library)
  • ufa-agent.dll - VMware UFA Agent Library
  • ufa-client.dll - VMware UFA Client Library
  • ufa-common.dll - Ufa Utilities Support DLL
  • ufa-slave.dll - VMware UFA Slave Library
  • ufa-sysMigration.dll - VMware UFA System Migration Library
  • ufa-sysReconfig.dll - VMware UFA System Reconfiguration Library
  • ufa-types.dll - VMware UFA VModl Types Library
  • ufa-vmImporter.dll - VMware UFA Virtual Machine Importer Library
  • ufa-vmsvc.dll - VMware UFA VMSVC Library
  • pixops.dll - pixops
  • vmware-vmx.exe - VMware Workstation VMX
  • TPClnVM.dll (by ThinPrint GmbH) - .print Client for VMware (VMware Virtual Channel Plugin)
  • TPClnt.dll (by ThinPrint GmbH) - .print Client Windows
  • libeay32.dll (by Eric Young, The OpenSSL Project, VMware) - The OpenSSL Toolkit (OpenSSL Crypto 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 Workstation\hqtray.exe".

How do I remove VMware Workstation?

You can uninstall VMware Workstation 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 Workstation, 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 Workstation.

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.68%
Windows XP 16.46%
Windows 10 9.55%
Windows Vista 5.69%
Windows Server 2003 0.61%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 27.25%
Windows 7 Professional 17.01%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.60%
Windows 7 Home Premium 15.78%
Windows 7 Enterprise 4.51%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.69%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.02% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.02%
  Germany 6.32%
  India 5.58%
  Iran 5.58%
  Italy 3.16%
  Brazil 2.79%
  MA 2.60%
  France 2.42%
  Canada 2.23%
  Spain 2.23%
  DZ 2.04%
  Saudi Arabia 1.86%
  Belgium 1.86%
  Netherlands 1.86%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.85%
Hewlett-Packard 27.80%
Acer 11.19%
ASUS 5.42%
Intel 3.73%
Lenovo 3.05%
Toshiba 3.05%
American Megatrends 2.71%
Medion 1.36%
Samsung 1.36%
Sahara 1.02%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.30%
Dell Inspiron N5010 3.97%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.65%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.65%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.65%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 1.99%

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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