In Windows virtual machines, when running an automatic installation or running an installation of VMware Tools using the command line, you can specify which VMware Tools components to install.

Because VMware Tools contains so many components, if you do not want to install particular components, you specify which ones to exclude rather than which ones to include. The syntax is ADDLOCAL=ALL REMOVE=component. The valid values for VMware Tools components are listed in the following table.

Component names are case-sensitive. Not all components are installed on all operating systems.

Table 1. VMware Tools Component Values
Valid Component Values Description
Audio driver for 64-bit operating systems and Windows Vista and later systems.
Driver for Mac BootCamp support.
VMware memory control driver. Use this driver if you plan to use this virtual machine in a vSphere environment. Excluding this feature hinders the memory management capabilities of the virtual machine running in a vSphere environment.
VMware mouse driver. Excluding this feature decreases mouse performance in your virtual machine.
Driver for VMware Paravirtual SCSI adapters, which enhance the performance of some virtualized applications.
VMware SVGA driver. Excluding this feature limits the display capabilities of your virtual machine.
Filesystem Sync driver, which enables backup applications to create application-consistent snapshots. This driver ensures that no I/O is written during snapshot creation. This driver is used if the guest operating system is earlier than Windows Server 2003. Newer operating systems use the VSS driver.
Driver that enables printers added to the host operating system to appear in the list of available printers in the virtual machine. This virtual printing feature does not require any additional printer drivers to be installed in the virtual machine.

VMware Tools does not support ThinPrint features for vSphere 5.5 and later

Virtual Machine Communication Interface driver. This driver allows virtual machines to communicate with the hosts on which they run without using the network. Developers can write client-server applications to the VMCI Sock ( vsock) interface to make use of the VMCI virtual device.
VMware shared folders driver. Use this driver if you plan to use this virtual machine with VMware Workstation, Player, or Fusion. Excluding this feature prevents you from sharing a folder between your virtual machine and the host system.
VMware VMXnet networking driver.
Next-generation VMware VMXnet networking driver for virtual machines that use virtual hardware version 7 and higher. For more information, see the VMware Knowledge Base article 1001805. VMXNET 3 adds several new features, such as multiqueue support (also known as Receive Side Scaling in Windows), IPv6 offloads, and MSI/MSI-X interrupt delivery. VMXNET 3 is not related to VMXNET or VMXNET 2. Receive Side Scaling is enabled by default.

Virtual hardware version 7 corresponds to ESX/ESXi 4.x compatibility.

NSX File Introspection driver, vsepflt.sys. The first of the two guest introspection drivers. You can install it separately, without installing the NSX Network Introspection driver.
NSX Network Introspection driver, vnetflt.sys. The second of the two guest introspection drivers. VMware Tools 10.2.5 supports vnetWFP driver for Windows 7 and later.
Driver for creating automatic backups. This driver is used if the guest operating system is Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or other newer operating system. Linux and older Windows operating systems use the Filesystem Sync driver.
Driver for WMI performance logging.
Important: One way to determine the component values to use is to run the interactive VMware Tools installer with full logging turned on, select the components that you want installed, and then search the log files for the ADDLOCAL and REMOVE properties. The log files show the names used by the program. The following command runs the interactive installer with full logging turned on:
Setup.exe /s /v"/qn /l*v ""%TEMP%\vmmsi.log"""