Try a reboot first, in case the uninstall pending flag is still loaded in the registry. If that doesn't work, search the KnowledgeBase for the VMware Cleaner (I think it's article 1308).
Thank you so much, I ended up throwing on a spare monitor, keyboard and mouse. With a reboot and rerunning the install all worked well. Guess is just doesn't like doing updates via RDP. Lesson learned.