oligarch
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Mysterious Registry Key Player 16

My vmparport service in registry editor (Windows 10 20H2) lists vwdk.installers REG_MULTI_SZ MSI. What is this key? Why is it there?

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scott28tt
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Is it causing you an issue?

Google suggests that vmparport is the VMware Parallel Port driver which makes it possible to print from inside a guest OS through the host OS, and I guess that vwdk.installers is associated with how VMware install the components they need such as vmparport either on a host OS or in a guest OS.

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oligarch
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Thanks for the reply scott28tt. No, it's not causing me a problem, but it seems to be in an unusual location! Doesn't MSI refer to a Windows Installer (which used to be called Microsoft Installer)? The vmparport service should be initiated by VMware, not by Windows. I may be wrong, of course!

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