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vmnetcfg.exe is required when you want to configure multiple network interfaces (e.g. one local and one wireless) in the same machine.

But where is it?

UPDATE This question was originally for version 3.1.1 but apparently VMWare still hasn't fixed this, as recently as version 7.x. Updated answers are found below my original one.

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  • Is another option to just install the full workstation and only use the player program, it then has the netcfg utility?
    – Steve
    May 19, 2019 at 23:27

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UPDATED: 8/22/2018

The VMware Player 14 doesn't contain vmnetcfg.exe. You need to extract it from the VMware Workstation 14 full version. The folder names and location of it has changed.

Firstly extract the MSI from the VMware-workstation-full-14*.exe:

  1. Launch your .exe file.
  2. When you see the first prompt do not click anything in this window and do not close it.
  3. Open Windows Explorer, type %temp% in the address bar and press Enter.
  4. Sort the files in the folder by the modification date. The newest file on the list should be the .msi file you are looking for.
  5. Copy the MSI file to a safe location before you close the exe or window.

Secondly extract workstation.cab from this MSI using 7zip:

  1. Right-click on the .MSI file and from the shortcut menu choose 7-Zip > Open Archive.
  2. Extract Workstation.cab
  3. Copy the vmnetcfg.exe and place into your VMware player installation folder. (C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player)
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    With Workstation version 15 the msi file can be found ini a folder under %temp%. in My case it was {431EEEDD-6D71-4269-8F7F-836CFAF69A17}~setup but it could vary.
    – Mustafa
    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:36
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    Then extract Workstation.cab to find vmnetcfg.exe
    – Mustafa
    Dec 3, 2018 at 5:42
  • Just one question: Copy vmnetcfg.exe to the installation folder before running the msi installer or after? Apr 26, 2020 at 19:20
  • I got this error: abload.de/img/fehlerbpjyc.jpg. Any ideas before I try to use VirtualBox? Apr 26, 2020 at 19:48
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A bug in the installer prevents the installation of the tool vmnetcfg.exe

Run setup again like this from Command Prompt (CMD):

VMware-player-3.1.1-282343.exe /e .\vmplayer

In vmplayer subdir you will find network.cab - extract it in explorer or 7zip, then find vmnetcfg.exe and copy to c:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player

I ran into this problem several times before and found the answer in some obscure forum. Figure I'd post the answer here for others and also for me in case I need it again :)

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    In 4.0.2 the network.cab file has 0 length. Mar 14, 2012 at 14:32
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    Worked for me, using 4.0.2 Apr 12, 2012 at 23:07
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    Tried with 4.0.2 and it does not start for me ... on Win7 x64
    – sascha
    Apr 18, 2012 at 8:32
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Update (VMWare Player 12):

It's possible to extract vmnetcfg.exe from the VM Workstation installer using 7Zip File Manager.

  1. Install 7Z (http://www.7-zip.org/a/7z1604-x64.exe)
  2. Download VMWare Workstation Installer (something like VMware-workstation-full-12.5.2-4638234.exe)
  3. Using 7z File Manager, open the installer (right-click, "open inside").
  4. Now open Core.cab
  5. There lies vmnetcfg.exe. Extract it to C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player
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  • To be clear, you need to download VMWare Workstation Pro. The 'free version' does not have vmnetcfg.exe (you do have to register for pro, but its free to download as well).
    – n00b
    Dec 11, 2017 at 16:48
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    For VMWare Workstation 14 the file now resides in Workstation.cab
    – Nagev
    Jan 12, 2018 at 18:32
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UPDATED: 30/JUN/2015

  • For VMware Player 6.x, you need both vmnetcfglib.dll and vmnetcfg.exe
  • For VMware Player 7.x, you only need vmnetcfg.exe.
  • You may follow this "step-by-step" tutorial, which also includes download links, in order to further simplify the explanation.
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For the VMware7 version you need to use VMware-workstation-full-11.1.x where the last number is the same of your VMplayer7.

I found a way in this guide:

http://www.blasterspike.it/2015/10/07/use-the-virtual-network-editor-in-vmware-player-7/

the files are iside of 'vmwareworkstation.msi' that appear like an application but it's an archive.

From the guide:

Open a prompt command, go to the directory where you have the installation package and extract the content with

VMware-workstation-full-12.0.0-2985596.exe /extract .\vmware

All files will be extracted into a vmware directory. Inside here you will find a package called vmwareworkstation.msi.
Extract it using 7-Zip. Enter the extracted directory and extract Core.cab.
Go inside the extract directory and you will find vmnetcfg.exe
Now copy this file into your VMware Player diretory, like

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player

Now you can open it and edit your interfaces.

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