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vmnetcfg.exe is required when you want to configure multiple network interfaces (e.g. one local and one wireless) in the same machine.

But where is it?

UPDATE This question was originally for version 3.1.1 but apparently VMWare still hasn't fixed this, as recently as version 7.x. Updated answers are found below my original one.

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

A bug in the installer prevents the installation of the tool vmnetcfg.exe

Run setup again like this from Command Prompt (CMD):

VMware-player-3.1.1-282343.exe /e .\vmplayer

In vmplayer subdir you will find - extract it in explorer or 7zip, then find vmnetcfg.exe and copy to c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player

I ran into this problem several times before and found the answer in some obscure forum. Figure I'd post the answer here for others and also for me in case I need it again :)

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+1, this is perfect. Thanks! – Jed Daniels Nov 29 '10 at 22:24
Thank you! This is just what I needed! – Simon Gillbee Apr 21 '11 at 0:44
In 4.0.2 the file has 0 length. – Clinton Pierce Mar 14 '12 at 14:32
Worked for me, using 4.0.2 – Gabe Moothart Apr 12 '12 at 23:07
Tried with 4.0.2 and it does not start for me ... on Win7 x64 – sascha Apr 18 '12 at 8:32

UPDATED: 30/JUN/2015

  • For VMware Player 6.x, you need both vmnetcfglib.dll and vmnetcfg.exe
  • For VMware Player 7.x, you only need vmnetcfg.exe.
  • You may follow this "step-by-step" tutorial, which also includes download links, in order to further simplify the explanation.
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For the VMware7 version you need to use VMware-workstation-full-11.1.x where the last number is the same of your VMplayer7.

I found a way in this guide:

the files are iside of 'vmwareworkstation.msi' that appear like an application but it's an archive.

From the guide:

Open a prompt command, go to the directory where you have the installation package and extract the content with

VMware-workstation-full-12.0.0-2985596.exe /extract .\vmware

All files will be extracted into a vmware directory. Inside here you will find a package called vmwareworkstation.msi.
Extract it using 7-Zip. Enter the extracted directory and extract
Go inside the extract directory and you will find vmnetcfg.exe
Now copy this file into your VMware Player diretory, like

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player

Now you can open it and edit your interfaces.

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