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.