"Install VMware Tools" greyed out after installing Ubuntu 15.04 on VMware Player 7.1. I tried checking "No proxy" instead of default "Windows proxy settings" at "File->Preferences->Software updates-> Connection Settings". This did not work either. Is there a way to install VMware Tools?
I had the same issue. Like the answer posted before, I had to shutdown the machine and change both the floppy drive and cd drives to "Auto detect" and then power on the machine.
I unmounted the two ISOs which were mounted because of the Easy Install. After that I was able to push the "Install VMware Tools" button in the dropdown menu.
You can mount VMwareTools CD image manualy, file path is like this:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\linux.iso
This worked for me on Ubuntu 16.04
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop
A good solution for Ubuntu as a VMWare guest is to install the open VMWare tools: This can be done from the command line with the command
sudo apt-get install --install-suggests open-vmware-tools
If you add a CD-ROM Drive then you see this option "Reinstall VMware Tools...".
If you don't hava a CD-Rom the option to reinstall the VMware Tools will not be availlable.
What you have to do is simple,
just start a Guest Machine(your VM)
then you will see that the VM -> Install VMware Tools ... option is enabled.
Simple clue - when you starting the Guest Machine you see this dialog box (if you have not checked it out earlier) after clicking OK, VM -> Install VMware Tools ... option is enabled.
You do not need to change anything other than starting a Guest Machine.(No need to change proxy settings in VMware or unmount an image mounted on your guest machine CD/DVD ROM)