VMware Player Silent Install (How-To Guide)


VMware Workstation Player is a desktop virtualization application. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of VMware Player from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install VMware Player Silently

VMware Workstation Player Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the VMware Workstation Player Installer
  2. Download the file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command:
    • VMware-player-15.5.6-16341506.exe /s /v/qn EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress
  6. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the VMware Workstation Player Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:VMware Workstation Player
Vendor:VMware, Inc.
Version:15.5.6
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:VMware-player-15.5.6-16341506.exe /s /v/qn EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {4DA64581-4716-4F07-84D8-3E7BD805690E} /qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress REMOVE=ALL
Download Link:https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-win

VMware Workstation Player Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Download the VMware Workstation Player Installer
  2. Download the file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Extract the MSI by entering the following command:
    • VMware-player-15.5.6-16341506.exe /a /s /v”/qn TARGETDIR=C:\Downloads\Temp”
  6. Press Enter
  7. Navigate to the C:\Downloads\Temp folder
  8. Rename {4DA64581-4716-4F07-84D8-3E7BD805690E}.msi to VMwareWorkstationPlayer.msi
  9. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /i VMwareWorkstationPlayer.msi EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
  10. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the VMware Workstation Player Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:VMware Workstation Player
Vendor:VMware, Inc.
Version:15.5.6
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i VMwareWorkstationPlayer.msi EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {4DA64581-4716-4F07-84D8-3E7BD805690E} /qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress REMOVE=ALL
Download Link:https://www.vmware.com/go/getplayer-win

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create an Installation Log File

The MSI installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

VMware Workstation Player (MSI) Silent Install w/ Logging

MsiExec.exe /i VMwareWorkstationPlayer.msi EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\VMWarePlayer-Install.log"

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The VMware Workstation Player installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut, then you can run one of the following command line switches to exclude it.

VMware Player (EXE) Silent Install Excluding Desktop Shortcut

VMware-player-15.5.6-16341506.exe /s /v/qn EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL DESKTOP_SHORTCUT=0 REBOOT=ReallySuppress

VMware Player (MSI) Silent Install Excluding Desktop Shortcut

MsiExec.exe /i VMwareWorkstationPlayer.msi EULAS_AGREED=1 AUTOSOFTWAREUPDATE=0 DATACOLLECTION=0 ADDLOCAL=ALL DESKTOP_SHORTCUT=0 REBOOT=ReallySuppress /qn

How to Uninstall VMware Player Silently

VMware Workstation Player 15.5.6

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:
    • MsiExec.exe /x {4DA64581-4716-4F07-84D8-3E7BD805690E} /qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress REMOVE=ALL
  3. Press Enter

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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