If you have problems with enhanced graphics display or mouse actions or with features that depend on VMware Tools, you might need to repair or modify installed modules.

Occasionally, some new modules are not installed during a VMware Tools upgrade. You can manually install new modules by modifying installed modules.


Do not use the guest operating system’s Add/Remove Programs item in the Windows Control Panel to repair or modify VMware Tools.


  • Power on the virtual machine.

  • Log in to the guest operating system.


  1. Select the menu command to mount the VMware Tools virtual disk on the guest operating system.

    VMware Product


    vSphere Client (HTML5)

    Right-click the virtual machine and select Guest OS > Install (or Upgrade) Tools

    vSphere Client

    Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware

    vSphere Web Client

    Right-click the virtual machine and select Guest OS > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools


    Virtual Machine > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

    Workstation Pro

    VM > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

    Workstation Player

    Player > Manage > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

  2. On the host, from the Workstation menu bar, select VM > Install VMware Tools.

    If an earlier version of VMware Tools is installed, the menu item is Update VMware Tools.

  3. If autorun is not enabled for the CD-ROM drive, to manually launch the VMware Tools installation wizard, click Start > Run and enter D:\setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.
  4. On the Welcome page of the wizard, click Next.
  5. Specify whether to repair or modify the modules.
    • Click Repair to repair the files, registry settings, and so on of components that are already installed.

    • Click Modify to select which modules are installed.

  6. Follow the on-screen prompts.

What to do next

If features still do not work, uninstall and reinstall VMware Tools.