Being a Unix user (Linux/OSX) I need sometime to run some Windows utility in a Virtual Machine. But I don’t want to break the virtual machine, installing and uninstalling things, or accidentally, or by the wast hordes of viruses and malwares that infestate Windows.

So, here I found how to do it: How to discard changes in VMWare player?

Q: Running a virtual machine, how can I ensure that the changes gets discarded after I close it?

A: Shutdown the VM cleanly. Edit the vmx and add this line if the VM uses a scsi-disk

scsi0:0.mode = "independent-nonpersistent"

or this if the VM uses an IDE-disk

ide0:0.mode = "independent-nonpersistent"

Alternatively, use this two lines:

snapshot.action = "autoRevert"
snapshot.disabled = "TRUE" 

Several ways lead to Rome. Both ways should work, but don’t mix them.


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