Extracting the drivers from VMware Tools

VMware Workstation

This article provides instructions on extracting the virtual hardware drivers which are bundled with VMware Tools.

This may be necessary when you want to extract drivers to add them manually to a virtual machine without installing VMware Tools, or when creating templates for Windows deployment.
Resolution

To extract the drivers which are bundled with VMware Tools:

  1. Load the VMware Tools ISO into the virtual CD/DVD drive (for example, D:\).
  2. Browse to the C: drive (that is, the system or data drive) and create a folder named Extract.
  3. Open a command prompt and change directories to the D:\ drive.
  4. Run the command:setup.exe /A /P C:\Extract
  5. If you are prompted to provide the location for the install/extraction, enter C:\Extract (the folder you created in step 2).
  6. When the process is complete, click Finish.
  7. Browse to the C:\Extract folder to access the extracted drivers.

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