In case you're running the VMWare Player on Windows, to emulate another Windows virtual platform, here's what you should know:
- After they are downloaded by the Player, the VMWare tools are installed, as a
windows.isofile, in your VMWare installation directory (typically
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMWare\VMWare Player\). It is that ISO image that is mounted in the virtual machine during installation.
- You can obtain older versions of the VMWare Tools by navigating the not-intended-for-users VMWare Software Update directory, starting at http://softwareupdate.vmware.com/cds/vmw-desktop/player/.
- The VMWare Tools download is then found in
- Of course the download is not provided as an ISO, because that would be too easy. Instead, it's a tar of an exe that silently extracts and copies (overwrites) a new
windows.isoin the VMWare directory. Thus, before you run that exe, you may want to rename your old
windows.isoto something else, so that you can both tell whether the downgrade process completed successfully and have the ability to switch back between ISOs if needed.