I have Ubuntu running on virtual machine and found that drag and dropping files from host Windows 8.1 not working. Got recommendation - reinstall VMWare tools. I do VM->Reinstall VMWare Tools. It mounts VMware Tools directory with files:

/media/ggg/VMware Tools$ ls
manifest.txt     VMwareTools-9.6.1-1378637.tar.gz  vmware-tools-upgrader-64
run_upgrader.sh  vmware-tools-upgrader-32

I suppose I must run run_upgrader.sh. But it is not executable and it is read only, so I can't make it executable using chmod.

How to reinstall VMWare tools?

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    The best way is to open a terminal window in Ubuntu, and execute sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools --install-suggests If you would rather use the tools shipped from VMWare, their website has instructions on how to execute the installations. – Charles Green Oct 26 '15 at 16:18

Use the vmware instructions.See image below in case you missed or dismissed it. Extract the vmwaretoolsXXXX.tar.gz to your desktop for example and execute the vmware-install.pl in there. You will need sudo rights.

VMWare Instruction


Yes CD-images are read-only. Open a terminal in your VMwareTools and use bash to run:

bash run_upgrader.sh

if this failes do it sudo or other elevated security privileges:

sudo bash run_upgrader.sh

then it should install fine.

  • sudo bash run_upgrader.sh gives chmod: changing permissions of ‘./vmware-tools-upgrader-64’: Read-only file system – vico Oct 27 '15 at 14:55
  • what is vmware-tools-upgrader-32 file? and how we can execute that? please help me. – Arash Nov 20 '16 at 9:03

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