Apps & Games How to Internet

How to Delete Virtual Machine in VMWare

VMware is a virtualization software where you can create virtual machines to test different programs and applications, upgrades, and many other things. In this article, We are going to show you How to Delete Virtual Machine. Let’s get started!

You can use one virtual machine for multiple testings. But you can also create new environments every time you have a new feature to test. When you no longer need a virtual machine, you can also delete it.

Read this article to find out how you can delete a virtual machine in VMware.

Sure you want to Delete it?

In VMware, you can either completely delete a Virtual Machine from the disk or remove it from favorites. First, we will cover the ways to delete it. And then we will show you how to remove it from the favorites. Finally, we will show you how to kick a Virtual Machine from a team.

Delete a Virtual Machine(for workstation 7.X and above)

If you want to delete a virtual machine from your computer completely. Then  you should follow these simple steps:

  • Select the desired virtual machine’s name.
  • Go to the Workstation menu bar.
  • Find Manage in and then select it.
  • Choose Delete from disk.
  • Click on Yes to confirm.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin.

The last step is optional. But you should do it if you want to get more space in the Workstation.

Delete a Virtual Machine( for workstation Player 12.X)

Things work a little differently for the Workstation Player 12.0 and above.

  • Right-click on the name of the VM you want to delete.
  • Choose Delete from disk.
  • Select Yes to confirm.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin to free up space.

The virtual machine is now completely removed from your computer. You cannot access the data that you once stored on it. That is why it is good to back it up before deleting the Virtual machine. Deletion is an irreversible action in VMware.

Removing from Favourites

If you merely want to remove your virtual machine from favorites. Then do the following:

  • Launch the Workstation on your computer.
  • Go to View and then Favorites.
  • If you do not want the virtual machine that’s currently running to be among your favorites anymore, click on File.
  • Now choose Remove from favorites.

Your VM will no longer be in your Favorites. But it will still exist on your hard disk.

How to How to Delete Virtual Machine from a Machine

Virtual machines can also work together. If you are using the Workstation 5.0, you have access to Virtual Machine Teams. This feature allows you to connect multiple virtual machines and have them work together on one computer.

If you want to remove a virtual machine from such a team, do the following:

  • Open the Workstation and click on a team. You can find your teams in Favorites, or by looking at the console tab or summary.
  • Click on the team name, and then select Remove from the menu.
  • Now choose the virtual machine name.

Note that this disconnects virtual network adapters connected to LAN segments because they’ve been removed along with the virtual machine.

You have successfully removed the desired machine from the team. Now it can keep working independently. You can also add it to Favorites again. Since it was automatically deleted from that list when added to the team.

Create, Delete, Repeat

It is easier to delete a virtual machine than to create one. When you are all done using a specific virtual environment, VMware lets you remove it in a couple of easy steps and move on to the next task.

But be careful. Once you delete a virtual machine. Then there is no going back. You cannot restore it, and all the data is lost. The smartest thing to do is to create backups if you think you might need some or all data from the said V in the future.


Alright, That’s All Folks! I hope you like this article and find it helpful for you, give us your feedback. Also if you guys have further queries related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

Have a Great Day!

Also See: How to Create Virtual Machine From Physical Machine

About the author

Windy Moore

Leave a Reply