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Several months ago, 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 onto that hard drive.

Now is where I encounter the problem. I cannot get any method to work for accessing 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.

Does anyone know either another method for accessing the contents of a VMDK, or maybe 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 at least something very similar to that. If anyone could help me circumvent this problem without reinstalling Windows (as some have had to do), I would appreciate it.

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Have a look at this question/answer:

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There's ways to mount a VMDK directly - vmware discmount comes to mind as does its linux counterpart vmware-mount.pl , or you can convert it to quite a few formats with qemu-img programme.

There're also distro specific remastering software like remastersys you can run from your disk image to convert it into an installer or livecd image as per your needs.
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VMware Disk Mount is also mentioned in this post although it doesn't work at your computer. You could also try to convert your disk into a QEMU disk image and load it in QEMU but I'd suggest you to fix your installation issues with VMware products. Maybe that solves your problem with Disk Mount, too.

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Thanks for your contribution. I have updated my original question in an effort to get assistance with the installation problem. Obviously, while using Disk Mount is the most preferable option, installing VMware would at least allow me to access my files again, albeit through a slightly less direct means. –  BCXtreme Aug 7 '12 at 3:26
    
Don't you have some error messages? How exactly does the installation routine fail? –  wullxz Aug 7 '12 at 18:23
    
The installers fail with the message "The MSI 'C:\Users\USERNA~1\AppData\Local\Temp\vmware_1344873042\vmwarevmcisockets64.msi' failed." I can click OK, but no further information is given, the installer has already shut down in the background. –  BCXtreme Aug 13 '12 at 15:53
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