How to Uninstall VMware Completely from Your PC or Mac

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How to Uninstall VMware

VMware (virtual machine ware) is an application produced and marketed by VMware Inc, which is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. It allows you to run several operating systems and apps on one physical computer, like your laptop. By running several systems and apps simultaneously, VMware helps boost resource management and efficiency. But if you’ve ever tried to uninstall it, you may have experienced issues preventing you from a complete uninstallation. An unsuccessful uninstallation can cause problems with the performance of your machine. We’ll explore some of the reasons why you may want to uninstall VMware and show you how to remove the program completely from either your PC laptop or MacBook.

How Does VMware Work?

VMware provides a flexible and accessible way to combine digital innovation with enterprise control.

It’s a tool used mostly by IT providers to install an operating system on as many virtual machines as they want. Then, each machine is stored as a separate file on the IT provider’s hard drive.

As an individual user, you can also use Vmware to set up any software you like so that the virtual machine can run it on your system. But there are some pros and cons of the VMware app worth exploring.

Pros

One of the best advantages of VMware is that it doesn’t affect your laptop. You can install and run the software and your physical device remains as operational as before.

Another benefit (and perhaps a huge benefit of VMware) is that it can run software that isn’t compatible with your current operating system. So, for example, if you have a PC laptop but you prefer working in the Apple environment. You can set up a Mac OS on a virtual machine in your PC laptop to run Mac programs and vice versa.

And, if at any time you experiencing issues with one of your virtual machines. Just delete it and create a brand-new version.

Cons

But the biggest drawback of running VMware is that not all applications and servers support this software – many are still not designed to be virtualization friendly.

The other disadvantage is that it has a steep learning curve, which may be one of the reasons why you’re looking to uninstall the app.

How to Uninstall VMware from Your Devices

While it sounds like the good outweighs the bad, there will be times when you’ll need to remove this software from your machine.

For example, it could be that your PC doesn’t meet all the minimum requirements needed for running the VMware application. Since the software works in the background, this would ultimately cause your laptop to slow or lag.

Another reason for uninstalling VMware for your device could be you want to update your current version to a higher one with more power and efficiency, which means you have to uninstall the older version first.

Sometimes, it’s necessary to uninstall the software whenever there’s an error. To fix any glitches, you’ll need to remove the existing application first and then reinstall it.

Whatever your reason, here’s our step-by-step guide on how to uninstall VMware.

How to Delete Virtual Machines in VMware

To successfully remove VMware from your machine, you first need to delete all the virtual machines you’ve created.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the software and log in.
  2. Select the server where the virtual machine is located.
  3. Then, click on the Configuration tab.
  4. Next, select Hardware Settings.
  5. Finally, click on the Remove button next to the virtual machine you want to remove.
  6. Repeat these five steps for each virtual machine on your system.

Uninstalling VMware from Windows 10

There are a couple of ways to go about removing VMware from Windows. But the ones we’re going to focus on are using the Apps & Features and Programs and Features tools that Windows 10 provides:

Uninstalling VMware using Apps & Features

  1. Press Win+I to open Settings.
  2. Then, click Apps.
  3. Scroll down and select VMware under the Apps & Features menu.
  4. You’ll notice that the Uninstall option is grayed out. Click Modify instead.
  5. Then select Next.
  6. You’ll see three options: Change, Repair, and Remove. Choose Remove, then click Next.
  7. Select Remove again in the new window, then click Finish.
  8. It’s recommended you restart your device for the changes to take effect.

Uninstalling VMware using Programs and Features

  1. Locate the Control Panel in the Start Menu or search for it using the search bar in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Programs, then Programs and Features.
  3. Next, right-click VMware and choose Change.
  4. Then select Next.
  5. Again, you’ll get the same three choices as above. Click Remove, then Next.
  6. Then, click Remove again. If prompted to confirm, choose Yes.
  7. Finally, select Finish. Then restart your laptop, and you’re all done!

Uninstalling VMware from a Mac System

While dragging the VMware program folder and dropping it into the Trash might makes sense. It’s not a reliable uninstallation technique. This is because any application you download to your machine creates hidden service files.

These files usually get left behind on your MacBook, accumulate, and take up much-needed disk space. This may affect your device’s performance, causing programs to slow down and lag.

Below are two ways to ensure that the VMware software is completely removed from your device once and for all if you’re a macOS user.

Using an App Cleaner

To thoroughly remove VMware from your MacBook, you can use the foolproof method of using an App Cleaner. There’s a wide variety of third-party apps available in the Mac App Store. They’re mostly all free and user-friendly.

Here’s how you can use an App Cleaner to delete VMware from your MacBook:

  1. First, download and launch your choice of App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Next, scan the applications on your device and select VMware from the list.
  3. Then, click the Remove button.
  4. You’ll be prompted to confirm the uninstallation. Then just let the app do its job.
  5. Finally, empty the Trash bin to complete the uninstallation process.

Using the Built-In Uninstaller

The second method is more tech-oriented, which is why it’s so far down on our list of methods to uninstall VMware.

You can use the built-in uninstaller that comes with the software installation bundle. But bear in mind that besides being a bit difficult if you’re not techie, it’s also more time-consuming than simply relying on an App Cleaner.

However, if you decide to go with this removal method, look for the uninstaller in the following folder: /Applications/VMware.app/Contents/MacOS.

Once you find the folder, it’s time to put the uninstaller to use. First, start by opening the Terminal window to type commands into the macOS.

There are several ways to open up the macOS Terminal app, but we’ll just focus on the fastest and most efficient: using Spotlight.

Start by using the shortcut, Spacebar+Command. Next, type the word Terminal.

Finally, double-click Terminal in the search result. You can also select it, then press Return on your keyboard.

Once Terminal is open, you can use it to find the folder where the VMware installation bundle is stored on your Mac. When you locate the installer folder, look for the Uninstall file.

Double-click it to launch the uninstaller. Then just follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the uninstallation process.