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VMWare Workstation 14 Player not starting


I'm trying to get GNS 3 installed, and I've run into a really frustrating issue.  Initially, I had installed VMWare Workstation 15 player, and then after realizing that this was incompatible with GNS3, I installed 14.

Now, upon installing 14 it doesn't start.  I don't get an error message, I don't get a warning, it doesn't start up and then crash...quite literally nothing happens except for a millisecond where it "thinks

I've also tried to install previous versions, like 12.5 with similar results

I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling, rebooting, forced uninstalls, VMWare "cleanup" tool, and nothing works.  .

However, if I install 15?  Works just fine

Quite frankly, I'm at my wits end, here.  Is it possible that something with 15 is just not getting uninstalled or cleaned up, and it's causing the older versions to fail?  The most frustrating thing about this is that there are no error messages or anything to go off of.  My search for "VMWare player won't start" is really freaking generic and doesn't find me anything to do with my particular issue.

Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated

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