I just installed XUbuntu on my Vmware Workstation. After I saw, that I can't change display settings (resolution), I try to install VMware Tools. But - after I run vmware-install.pl, I get a message:

The following VMware kernel modules have been found on your system that were 
not installed by the VMware Installer. Please remove them then run this
installer again.

Execution aborted.

What can I do?

2 Answers 2


This is what I did for Ubuntu 16.04:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove open-vm-tools
sudo apt purge open-vm-tools

It complained about not being able to delete a directory since it is not empty so I manually removed one file that resides in that directory using:

sudo rm /etc/vmware-tools/scripts/vmware/network.old.0

And now you can run vmware-install.pl again.

  • I had to completely get rid of the /etc/vmware-tools folder, then I could use vmware-install.sh ...
    – firepol
    May 2, 2017 at 18:35
  • This procedure worked for 17.04 too. @firepol, I left that folder there and it seemed to work fine. Sep 13, 2017 at 15:02
  • Btw. is there an option to manually download the installation files? Because my option to deliver them from VMware is greyed out, and for Windows its easy to find a manual download
    – Hobbamok
    Mar 20, 2020 at 14:34

You're almost there. You need to run the command with the ./, so just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo ./vmware-install.pl

Also see if open-vm-tools are installed. Remove with the below command

sudo apt-get remove open-vm-tools

As a last resort, delete the .vmware folder from your home folder, reboot your machine, and try installing vmware tools again.


Try the following command: sudo /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl

  • I did ... before (and now again). Now I even reinstall the system (with disk format), but the same problem again. Jul 22, 2014 at 9:50
  • Try what I've added in my answer. Let me know if it works.
    – Mitch
    Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54
  • Thans for help. I tried remove open-vm-tools, but it wasn't installed. The (hidden) .vmware folder also wasn't there. Jul 22, 2014 at 10:04
  • What version vmware workstation are you trying to install, and Ubuntu release?
    – Mitch
    Jul 22, 2014 at 10:15
  • XUbuntu 14.04 64-bit and VMware Server 2.0.2 Jul 23, 2014 at 3:16

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