I took an old computer that I was getting ready to wipe, and converted it to a VMware virtual machine so I could continue to access both files and programs/settings from the computer. I stored this virtual machine on an external USB hard drive. When I got a new PC with ample hard drive space, I transferred the virtual machine to that hard drive.
I cannot access this VMDK. The vmware-mount tool fails to mount the disk, and neither VMware Workstation nor VMware Player will install on this computer due to one of the MSI packages failing.
Is there another method for accessing the contents of a VMDK, or a way to fix one of the established methods that isn't working for me?
EDIT: I believe the MSI file which is failing to execute properly in the install sequence of all VMware products is called "vmwarevmcisockets64.msi" or something very similar. Can I circumvent this problem without reinstalling Windows (as some have had to do)?