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The upgrader.exe file

According to our database, the upgrader.exe file is part of VMware Tools, so the upgrader.exe file probably got onto your computer during the installation of VMware Tools.

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The upgrader.exe file's details

Below, we have summarized the details of the upgrader.exe file known to us. The manufacturers constantly update their software, so naturally upgrader.exe may exist in a different version with a different name. The data below summarizes the parameters of the upgrader.exe file with the 9.9:3.47419 version number.

583.69 kB (597696 B)
Internal name:
Original filename:
VMware Tools Upgrader
© VMware, Inc.
VMware, Inc.
VMware Tools
Product version:

The links related to the upgrader.exe

We try to collect the websites where you can find further information about the upgrader.exe file.

The upgrader.exe's possible errors

Below are the top five most common upgrader.exe errors and how to fix them.

upgrader.exe - Application error

The instruction at "0x????????" reference memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be read.

The causes of the error message and possible solutions:

  • Faulty program code. Signal the error to the application's developer, and try installing a newer version.
  • It's possible that there isn't enough memory available for the application. Free up memory be temporarily stopping some applications or services.
  • It's possible that a hardware component of your computer is malfunctioning. Have the hardware components of your computer checked, with special attention to the RAM modules.

upgrader.exe - Error

The program can't start because ???.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

The cause of the error message and possible solution:

  • The DLL file required for running upgrader.exe is either missing or out of date. Reinstall the application.

upgrader.exe - Access denied

upgrader.exe - Access denied

The causes of the error message and possible solutions:

  • The antivirus software may have blocked access to the upgrader.exe file. Check your antivirus software's log and quarantine.
  • You don't have the permissions to run the upgrader.exe. Change the permissions of the file.
  • The upgrader.exe file may have been damaged. Reinstall the application.

upgrader.exe - Error

upgrader.exe is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

The cause of the error message and possible solution:

  • The upgrader.exe isn't installed. Install the application.

upgrader.exe - Application error

The exception Illegal Instruction. An attempt was made to execute an illegal instruction.

The causes of the error message and possible solutions:

  • The upgrader.exe uses an instruction set that isn't supported by your CPU. Install the version that is adequate to your computer.
  • It's possible that a hardware component of your computer is malfunctioning. Have the hardware components of your cimputer checked, with special attention to your CPU's cooling.

Other executable files related to the upgrader.exe

VMware Tools uses other executable files besides the upgrader.exe file. The file’s names can be different with each version.

VMware Tools Upgrader
VMware RVM Setup Service
VMware Tools Window Hook 32-bit Worker Process
VMware command line Toolbox
Default Host Application
VMware Activation Helper
VMware Tools Upgrader
VMware Tools Upgrader

Downloading the upgrader.exe

If you need the upgrader.exe file because the file system is damaged, then we suggest that you reinstall VMware Tools. Copying an executable usually doesn't solve the problem.


Never open an executable file that you received in an e-mail! Even if it seems like you received it from a reliable person. In most cases, the viruses circulating on the Internet get onto the infected computers from sources that are believed to be reliable.

During the analysis, we checked all the executable files registered by us with at least 2 antivirus softwares.

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