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

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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?

Solution

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

Notes:

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:

    %PROGRAMDATA%\VMWare\VMware_Product_Name\config.ini

    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


    Note
    : 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:

 

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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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