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I had installed VMware player on my computer. Later I installed Hyper-V on my computer.

Now, when I try to uninstall VMware player, I get this message:

HyperV Error

Can anybody provide a way to remove VMware without removing Hyper-V?
My OS is Windows 8 Enterprise.

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This made my day. Stupid pre-install checks.... If the installation is done via MSI. You can use orca to remove all the checks. – Oct 22 '12 at 20:10
Do you still have this problem if 5.0.1 is used? There was an update on November 6th. – Ramhound Nov 15 '12 at 18:43

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Modify the file

C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Player\Uninstaller\bootstrap.lua


C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Workstation\Uninstaller\bootstrap.lua 

using a text editor and comment out line


with two dashes, so it will become


Then save the file and rerun the uninstall and it will succeed.

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The easy way to do this simply turn off Hyper-V, and then restart, uninstall VMware, re-add Hyper-V.

If you feel like going hunting in the registry there is probably another way, but this way is easier and safer.

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Thank you Captain! – devi Jul 5 '13 at 16:02
Yeah, very "easy" and much "safer"! - only takes two reboots and potential virtual switch snafus! – abstrask Nov 13 '13 at 15:32

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