Search the VMware Knowledge Base (KB)
View by Article ID

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

  • 40 Ratings


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, Windows 2008 Server R2 and Windows 10 hosts, look for the file in:


    Product Version Configuration File
    VMware Workstation 4.x to 11.x %PROGRAMDATA%\VMWare\VMware Workstation\config.ini
    VMware Workstation Pro 12.x and later
    VMware Workstation Player 12.1 and later
    VMware Workstation Player Pro 12.1 and later
    VMware Player 4.x to 11.x %PROGRAMDATA%\VMWare\VMware Player\config.ini
    VMware Workstation Player 12.0
    VMware Workstation Player Pro 12.0

    : 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

For translated versions of this article, see:




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

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


  • 40 Ratings

Did this article help you?
This article resolved my issue.
This article did not resolve my issue.
This article helped but additional information was required to resolve my issue.

What can we do to improve this information? (4000 or fewer characters)

Please enter the Captcha code before clicking Submit.
  • 40 Ratings