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VMware Player Expired License

When opening VMware Player it says, “Expired license” in the title bar. Lower down in the application it says, “Your evaluation license has expired. To continue commercial use of this product, purchase a license.”


This can happen if you install VMware Workstation then unistall it after the trial expired.

To resolve the issue open regedit & browse to HKLM\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware Workstation & delete the License.ws.9.X.XX.XXXXXX value. Now when you open VMware player the message will be gone & will say, “(Non-commercial use only)” which is what the free version sould say.


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  1. Juan
    May 27, 2013 at 4:35 am

    how to do it in linux?

    • Hugo Heden
      December 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

      What I did was this:

      # cd /etc/vmware
      # rm license-ws*

      (I also re-installed VMWarePlayer afterwards, not sure if that is necessary?)

      It seems to be working. The VMWare Player window now says “Non commercial use only” instead of “Evaluation License blah blah”

  2. patrickhoban
    May 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    No clue. Sorry

  3. Chili
    August 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the help.

    For me i find the key on HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\VMware, Inc.\VMware Workstation
    May be because i have a 64 bits system.

  4. paprika
    September 11, 2013 at 3:29 am

    thank u .

  5. greybeard
    December 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    for vmware player 6 on Debian 7 (after uninstalling workstation 10, and installing the standalone player)

    it was (as root) rm /etc/vmware/license-ws*

    There were two files with date-stamp constructs as part of their name. One had an extension of .reg

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