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An instance of vmware vsphere client 5.1 is already running

I had to refresh my windows 8 computer and now when I try and reinstall vSphere 5.1 I get the error "an instance of vmware vsphere client 5.1 is already running"

I can find absolutely nothing to do with this error on google.

Any suggestions?
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Biofilminc
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you using the latest and last 5.1 client?

What build are you installing?
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
Yes I am using 5.1.

What do you mean what build?

I am installing the exact same copy of vSphere that I had running this morning.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Build version of client?

I'd the build of Windows 8 the same eg the same updates?
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
Windows is exactly the same. Did a refresh.


No idea how you know the build. Its 5.1 is all I know. Either way it worked on this computer, with this operating system this morning.
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AbhilashBloggerCommented:
Can you go to Task manager---->Processes and make sure no process called Vpxclient.exe is running.
They try to install it.
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
I do not see that process or any service running either. I installed it on another computer so at least I can use vshere.
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compdigit44Commented:
1) In task manger make sure you are viewing process for all user do you see any processes for MSIEXEC???? If so try to kill it.

2) You could try to manually removing the vSphere client by going into the registry and removing all instance of vpshere , rebooting then delete the VMware program files directory..

http://techhead.co/fix-vmware-vsphere-client-error-1406-could-not-write-value/

Hope this makes sense...

Good Luck
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
MSIEXEC is not running and there is nothing in the registry because it was a REFRESH
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compdigit44Commented:
Are you running the MSI source file from the workstation or a remote share?
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compdigit44Commented:
Did you delete any temp files generated by installer on your workstation?
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
I ran  ccleaner, did a defrag, chkdsk and ran the registry cleaner on Tuneup Utilites and it installed.

Thanks
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BiofilmincAuthor Commented:
It was the temp files causing the problem. So I am keeping his solution since it lead to a fix.
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