I recently had a requirement to remove vmware tools manually from a windows 2003 server. This is what I had to do.
- Remove any keys with a DisplayName of VMware Tools anywhere in the following keys:
- Remove the keys with a ProductName of VMware Tools in the following keys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerProducts
- Delete the branch named VMware Tools in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareVMware
- Delete the "VMware Tools" directory within in the Vmware directory under Program Files
- Restart the server.
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