After an update, I can no longer run VMWare Workstation, it fails to open. Trying to install it fails on the virtual network, the patch no longer works.

How do I uninstall it completely so I can attempt a fresh reinstall?

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    @Alvar Then fix it?
    – tgm4883
    May 3 '12 at 21:34
  • @tgm4883 great, you fixed the cry for help and the caps issue! :)
    – Alvar
    May 3 '12 at 21:39
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    how did u manage to install it? i can install the bundle but can't install the extra's that it ask after opening VMWS May 3 '12 at 22:15
  • How did you installed it in first place? What was the error presented?
    – Braiam
    Jun 26 '14 at 10:58

VMWare Workstation doesn't ship in a deb, so it isn't registered in dpkg (which is why you can't find it in the software center). It does have an install and uninstall utility though.

To uninstall VMWare Workstation, you will need to run:

sudo vmware-installer --uninstall-product vmware-workstation  

If you just run:


by itself, it will print all the options you have available. If you run:

vmware-installer -l

It will print a list of all VMWare products you have installed.

Similarly, to uninstall VMWare Player:

sudo vmware-installer --uninstall-product vmware-player
  • So, for some reason my install of VMRC broke itself so badly nothing can be installed or uninstalled by VMWare installer. So I've discovered the hard way that this question needs a "nuke" option. Nov 15 '17 at 21:14

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