Recently I've been reviving two installations, Windows 2000 SP4 and Windows XP SP3 (both czech versions), when I found out I am unable to install the latest VMWare tools.
Both systems were running the tools perfectly fine on older version of VMWare (probably 7 or 😎 but updating to the latest tools on VMWare Workstation 12.1 failed. When the installation is almost done, the program starts to "roll back actions" and then says that the installation ended up prematurely. Same on 2000 and XP, but on Win2k there is an additional error regarding Think printer driver (but when I click continue on it, the installation continues "fine").
I have tried to reinstall Win2k multiple times, but I am always ending up in the same problem (I tried to install both before and after applying all updates), except for the English localization where the tools installed properly. Now I don't really understand why this don't work on Czech locale but works fine on the English one, since it has always been working on Czech too for many years.
Interestingly, the last versions that I found installable is 8.6.16-3054402 and 8.4.6 build385536 (quite an old old).
I've come across this KB article that appear to describe my problem, but according to it, it should have been fixed long time ago:
This is the log I found in the temp folder on Windows 2000 after trying to upgrade from the version named above:
Also, it is extremely disappointing that a product of such quality lacks 3D acceleration on Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems.
The bug is present on latest release: 12.1.1
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have been experiencing the same problem after ESXi upgraded to 5.5u3b and tried to update vmware tools to version 10. Now I am stuck with the tools in the following way:
- Installation of the newest tools ends up prematurely (rollback)
- Installation of the older 9.x tools goes fine until reboot. After the reboot vmware ISO with 10.x version is mounted automatically and the tools are removed
5.5u3b is crappy. It took me two weeks to resolve all upgrade issues in the vCenter and now I have even more problems with ESXi+vmtools
In this situation I am not willing to update vmtools on my productions W2k8 servers.
Uninstallation after reboot was caused by an option in the VM setting, causing automatic vmware tools upgrades. Upgrade was not successful and the rollback resulted in wmare tools uninstall, although the installer in manual mode states there were no changes made to the system - but it means no further changes after the older version uninstall .... OMG 🙂
It means, it is possible to install and use an older version of vmtools.
The impossibility of vmtools to be upgraded to the current version might be related to KB 2114476. The solution for newer Windows versions should be temporarily use of the "everyone" user group. Maybe. But it is not relevant to Windows XP, where it is a special group which can't hold regular users as members. As far as Windows XP are still supported by vmware tools, I wonder if there will be some patch later in time.
I am still reluctant to try the vmware upgrade on my production windows servers.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I had the same issue as the previous version of VMware tools was already installed on the machine, but for some reason the older version has installed itself properly.
I see that I can simply stay on old versions, but since they got a limited support for 3d acceleration, desktop sharing (and some other features), I would appreciate if this is fixed.
Windows XP is no longer officially supported by Microsoft (private companies can pay for updates, thought), but as long as those versions of Windows are listed when I create a new virtual machine, I think they should definitely fix it.
I found solution for your problem.
junction "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Data Aplikací"
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v "Common AppData" /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data" /f
Tested and it worked with VMware Tools 10.0.5 and 10.0.6 (VMware Workstation 12.1.0 and 12.1.1).
For fix use r.exe | Ulož.to password for download : vmtools
It is console program written in delphi to solve this pity error. Is upx compressed. Can be used in batches. After executing immediatelly restarts VM.
Could pleas someone test, with steam client is working on Czech Windows XP SP3 and VM 12 / 12.5? I migrated multiple SP3 machines, but im not able to pass logon window.
Im stuck at infinite login, without any error message, i have installed clean WinXP 32bit english version and its working.
Update: Clean Win XP SP3 without updates and Vmware tools, Steam is working, know i will test it with tools..