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I installed VMware Player 4.0.3 on Ubuntu 12.04. When I try to run an image, I get errors such as "/usr/lib/vmware/settings": No such file or directory. or "~/.vmware/config": No such file or directory..

I tried patching it but I get unable to install vmnet message from the patch, thus I would like to uninstall the Player and re-install it.

The install file was a bash script downloaded from vmware, not a package, it doesn't appear in dpkg. SO, how do you uninstall VMware Player 4.0.3?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Use the switch: --uninstall-component=vmware-player

That uninstalled it for me.

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Thanks! That's the one! Full command is sudo ./installer --uninstall-component=vmware-player – Some Noob Student May 9 '12 at 23:35
What's the full command, and from where do you issue it? – Tass Jul 19 '12 at 14:16

Since I noticed the answer is not contained in this thread, I figured I would go ahead and add it for those looking for it:

Answers were close -- the command is the following:

sudo sh VMware-Player-4.0.3-703057.x86_64.bundle --uninstall-component=vmware-player

Though this is probably obvious, update the name to reflect the installation package name you're using.

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Anyway a better answer. Thank you. – vrcmr Apr 9 '13 at 23:16

All you gotta do is goto usr/lib/vmware-installer/2.0 run script vmware-uninstall-downgrade. then run script vmware-installer and read it will give you directions and options :)

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Poking through the install script, it looks like running the installer again should give you the option to remove it.

However, in a similar question, someone has recommended: gksudo vmware-installer -u vmware-player. (See How can I uninstall VMware-Player?)

Failing that, there should be an entry somewhere in /etc, possibly in /etc/bin/vm-something, /etc/locations (if it exists) or /etc/vmware-something.

This is all I can gather from the installer.

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Both methods does not work. Running the script again only gets "The system is up to date. Nothing has been modified." Running the command prints "User vmware-player does not exist" – Some Noob Student May 7 '12 at 3:41

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