The "install vmware tools" is grayed out in windows 8.1 guest, Linux host vmware workstation 12.
I tried the suggestion in this link with no success
I have tried starting windows with cd/dvd not connected (this results in an empty cd/dvd drive showing under my devices in the windows 8.1 guest but "install vmware tools" still grayed out)
I have tried starting the windows guest without the cd/dvd and then going to vm / removable devices / connect
I have tried ejecting the cd/dvd from within windows (the iso used to install is in the directory by default, there is no option I can see to mount a empty virtual cd/dvd) but "install vmware tools" is still grayed out
I have tried re-installing windows to see if that would bring up the option
How can i get vmware tools install working?
Or better yet, how can i skip the problematic interface and download vmware tools for windows 8.1 guest from within windows and then install it?