How to Update, Download, and Fix DrvInst64.exe

Last Updated: 05/06/2020
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VMware 64-bit Install Utility files, such as drvInst64.exe, are considered a type of Win64 EXE (Executable application) file. They are associated with the EXE file extension, developed by VMware for VMware Workstation.

The first version of drvInst64.exe for 360 Total Security was seen on 10/12/2019 in Windows 10. The latest version update [v15.5.1 build-15018445] for VMWare Workstation Player was 15.5.1 released on 09/19/2019. DrvInst64.exe is included with VMWare Workstation Player 15.5.1, VMware Workstation 12.5.5, and 360 Total Security

Below, you find comprehensive file information, instructions for simple EXE file troubleshooting, and list of free drvInst64.exe downloads for each available file version.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: drvInst64.exe
File Extension: EXE file extension
Description: VMware 64-bit Install Utility
Object File Type: Executable application
File Operating System: Windows NT 32-bit
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
User Popularity Rating:
Developer and Software Information
Software Developer: VMware, Inc.
Software Program: VMware Workstation
Legal Copyright: Copyright © 1998-2019 VMware, Inc.
File Details
Character Set: Unicode
Language Code: English (U.S.)
File Flags: (none)
File Flags Mask: 0x003f
Entry Point: 0x29d90
Code Size: 272896

What are drvInst64.exe Error Messages?

drvInst64.exe Runtime Errors

Runtime errors are VMWare Workstation Player errors that occur during "runtime". Runtime is pretty self-explanatory; it means that these EXE errors are triggered when drvInst64.exe is attempted to be loaded either when VMWare Workstation Player is starting up, or in some cases already running. Runtime errors are the most common form of EXE error you will encounter using VMWare Workstation Player.

In most cases, drvInst64.exe runtime errors occurring while the program is running will result in the program terminating abnormally. Most of these drvInst64.exe error messages mean that VMWare Workstation Player was either unable to locate this file on startup, or the file is corrupt, resulting in a prematurely-aborted startup process. Generally, VMWare Workstation Player will be unable to start without resolving these errors.

Some of the most common drvInst64.exe errors include:

  • drvInst64.exe - Bad Image.
  • drvInst64.exe Application Error.
  • drvInst64.exe could not be found.
  • drvInst64.exe could not be installed.
  • drvInst64.exe could not be launched. Class not registered.
  • drvInst64.exe could not be started.
  • drvInst64.exe failed to initialize properly.
  • drvInst64.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • drvInst64.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  • drvInst64.exe is not running.
  • Cannot find drvInst64.exe.
  • Error starting program: drvInst64.exe.
  • Faulting Application Path: drvInst64.exe.
  • The file drvInst64.exe is missing or corrupt.
  • Windows failed to start - drvInst64.exe.
System Error

The program can’t start because drvInst64.exe is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

Finding the source of the drvInst64.exe error is key to properly resolving these errors. Although most of these EXE errors affecting drvInst64.exe will happen during startup, occasionally you will encounter a runtime error while using VMware Workstation. This can occur due to poor programming on behalf of VMware, Inc., conflicts with other software or 3rd-party plug-ins, or caused by damaged and outdated hardware. Also, these types of drvInst64.exe errors can occur if it has been accidentally moved, deleted, or corrupted by a malware infection. Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix drvInst64.exe Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your drvInst64.exe issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the drvInst64.exe error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed VMWare Workstation Player (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling VMWare Workstation Player software.

You can uninstall VMWare Workstation Player software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for VMWare Workstation Player 15.5.1 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall VMWare Workstation Player software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

VMWare Workstation Player 15.5.1


Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many drvInst64.exe error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the drvInst64.exe error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your drvInst64.exe File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate drvInst64.exe file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free drvInst64.exe files for every applicable version of VMWare Workstation Player. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download drvInst64.exe Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate VMWare Workstation Player folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\360\Total Security\Utils\360DrvMgr\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve drvInst64.exe problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download drvInst64.exe Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying drvInst64.exe to your appropriate Windows system directory. VMware typically does not release VMWare Workstation Player EXE files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing drvInst64.exe and all other EXE files for VMWare Workstation Player. An incorrectly installed EXE file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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