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How to remove a virtual machine

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    How to remove a virtual machine


    How do you remove a virtual machine from VMware player? When I looked in the help menu, It says that you can remove the title from the Library list, But the machine is still there. Do you just delete the folder that it's in? That doesn't seem the correct way to do it. I want to redo my Windows 10 preview install. Any help will be appreciated.

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    San Jose - California
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    Yes, Just delete the folder where you have it setup and yes, it is the correct way to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Yes, Just delete the folder where you have it setup and yes, it is the correct way to do it.
    Thanks topgundcp
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    You don't need to delete the folder. Right-click on the VM and select "Delete from disk" and it will be removed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    You don't need to delete the folder. Right-click on the VM and select "Delete from disk" and it will be removed.
    Since I use Vm Workstation, there's no option to Delete From Disk so I always have to delete the folder. However, either way would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    You don't need to delete the folder. Right-click on the VM and select "Delete from disk" and it will be removed.
    Mine does have "Delete from disk". I didn't know that. Thanks strolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    You don't need to delete the folder. Right-click on the VM and select "Delete from disk" and it will be removed.
    Since I use Vm Workstation, there's no option to Delete From Disk so I always have to delete the folder. However, either way would work.
    I am talking about VMWare Player. I haven't used VM Workstation in quite a few years, didn't realize it was different.
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    Philippines
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    Windows 8 Single Language (64-bit)


    @topgundcp @strollin I installed VM Virtual Box and VMware 2 days ago and run virtual machines like Android 4.4, OS X and etc. Today, I just deleted the machines both in my disk and library and uninstalled the virtualization softwares as well. There are apps and folders still present. How can I totally remove all of its leftover data that it stored in my PC like apps, folders, junks, subfolders?

    I also uninstalled my AutoCAD and Revit 2014 softwares and seems there are some Autodesk apps and folders that haven't been deleted. I run disk cleanup utility to fix these issues but nothing happened.



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    Are there actual files left behind in those remaining folders? Are the folders taking up disk space? If you don't plan to reinstall those programs are concerned the leftover folders then you can safely delete them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    You don't need to delete the folder. Right-click on the VM and select "Delete from disk" and it will be removed.
    Since I use Vm Workstation, there's no option to Delete From Disk so I always have to delete the folder. However, either way would work.

    Hi there

    Vm workstation DOES have a delete from disk -- can't remember exactly which menu but it's there (same as CLONE VM too where you can copy an existing VM). However deleting from Windows in file explorer is fine - however if you made any MANUAL changes to the vmx (configuration file) then I'd save that separately.

    Cheers
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