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Creating and editing config.ini for VMware Workstation on Windows hosts (1754)


Some Knowledge Base articles tell me to edit the config.ini file, but I can't find it. Where is it? How do I create it if it doesn't exist?


The config.ini file may not exist if you have not changed the default configuration setting from the Edit > Preferences menu.

To see if the file already exists, look for it in:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation


Make sure you are looking on the Windows host on which you have installed the VMware software. You should not look for this file in your virtual machine.
  • On Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 2008 Server R2 hosts, look for the file in:


    : This folder is normally hidden by default. In order to make this folder viewable/accessible:

    1. Open a new folder.
    2. Go to Tools > Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and select Show hidden files, folders and drives.
To create the file if it does not exist:
  1. Open Notepad.

    Caution: Do not use Word or Wordpad, because these editors create extra characters in the text file that render the configuration settings that you add unreadable.

  2. Save a new, empty text file named config.ini in the location above.

Additional Information

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Update History

03/08/2011 - Clarified instructions. 04.25.2012 - added location for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2 hosts. 02/12/2014 - Updated for Workstation 11.x

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