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Startup program entry details:

vmware-tray (vmware-tray.exe)

This page expands upon the information already available for this entry in the Pacman's Portal Windows start-up programs database.

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System Tray access to virtual machines (VMs) currently in a "powered on" state in VMware Workstation - which "makes it simple to create and run multiple virtual machines on your desktop or laptop computer". Can be helpful if VMs are configured to run "headless" at Windows startup, in which case it can help you interact with the headless VMs. In that case, VMs could be powered on headless without ever starting up Workstation. If VMs aren't configured to run headless it isn't really required

Startup information:

Registry (Start → Run → regedit)

Windows 8.* Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC → Startup)

MSConfig (Start → Run → msconfig → Startup)

Windows Defender (Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Tools → Software Explorer)

Log examples:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vmware-tray] "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmware-tray.exe"

Other information:


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