How to Disable Easy Install in VMware Player 3.0

by Stephen on October 29, 2009 · 18 comments

in VMware

The VMware Player 3.0 Easy Install is pretty useful but in certain cases, we want it disabled. Inside VMware Player settings, there is not an option to disable Easy Install so here is a quick trick/tip to by pass:

  1. First start VMware Player
  2. Create A New Virtual Machine
  3. Select the option “I will install the operating system later”

  4. Once done, your new virtual machine will be added to your virtual library, under Home.

  5. Double click on your new Virtual Machine to start it.
  6. It will next say the OS is not installed and provide an option to insert the OS installation media.

  7. Simply click on Change CD/DVD Settings to select your media then Restart VM!

Hope you like it!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Ant April 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

Wow! Thanks have been looking for this a lot and finally you gave me a solution and it works!!


Peter May 18, 2010 at 5:38 am

Thanks for this useful hint! πŸ™‚


Earl June 12, 2010 at 1:54 am

It works! Thank you very much for the solution.


Meruzhan June 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanks a lot!!!


Yeah July 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Yeah, they’re trying to make it stupid easy. Even a caveman can do it!


joshua price February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

this was super helpful. Thanks a bunch!!


moreno February 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

Thanks! πŸ™‚


Alex February 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

Useful trick thank you very much! Works fine, tested on VMware player v3.1.3 πŸ™‚


Chinedu July 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks a lot…just saved my project…i was trying to install trixbox on vmware…but it kept using centos easyinstall, and just installs the centos without asterisk…but now…its working like magic….

Thanks again…


Mike August 5, 2011 at 12:53 am

It helps a lot.


Sam August 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Oh !! Man i am such a lazy ass,i hardly posted comments anywhere,,but this must say THANK YOU !!!


Yaroslav November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I was using VMWare Player 3.1.5 with easy installation process and used ISO file.
I specified 30GB for VM.
After RedHat Enterprice Linux 6 was installed its file-system was distributed as:
[yar1@localhost ~]$ df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 4031680 2175300 1651580 57% /
tmpfs 1027352 124 1027228 1% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 49574 38499 8515 82% /boot
/dev/sda5 22815220 177008 21479252 1% /home

I don’t like that “/”(root) disk was created with 4GB.
Is it any way to make correction for “easy-installation” process to specify disks sizing that meets my needs?
I know that “manual” method will solve my problem.
But my question is – is it possible to customize “easy-installation” method and how?



Peter Schmitz April 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

That’s exactly what I was looking for.


em May 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm



Dheeraj September 8, 2012 at 12:06 am

A better way to disable easy install (even while letting VMWare give you recommended settings) is by letting vmware take the iso and optimize the V settings and then at the end uncheck “Run this V after Setup”.

After the V setup is finished and the V appears on the main screen of the VMWare Player, click on edit virtual machine settings and click on the floppy drive and change it fro Use file to Detect Physical Drive


Lothar March 19, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thank you that you explained this way


Sanjay June 17, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Thank you for these answers which were of great help.


Affonso July 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Thanks a lot bro…


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