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.

Before you begin

  • Power on the virtual machine.

  • Log in to the guest operating system.

About this task

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.


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

    VMware Product

    Menu Command

    vSphere Client

    Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools

    vSphere Web Client

    Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Guest OS > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.

    1. To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.

    2. Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.


    Virtual Machine > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools


    VM > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools


    Player > Manage > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools

  2. 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.
  3. On the Welcome page of the wizard, click Next.
  4. 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 specify which modules are installed.

  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

What to do next

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