Files installed in the VMware Thinapp folder

After installing the VMware Thinapp Virtualization package on aager software on a clean machine a new folder is created under c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Thinapp.

This folder contains a number of files.


Captures folder – Stores the ThinApp virtualized application project files. Note that the Captures folder is not visible right after the installation of VMware ThinApp. It becomes visible after you run the Setup Capture wizard to capture a target application.

AppSync.exe – Keeps captured applications up-to-date with the latest available version.

Capture.ini – used in conjunction with log_monitor.exe to provide advanced logging settings

dll_dump.exe  – Lists all captured applications that are currently running on a system.

log_monitor.exe – Helps in the generation of .trace files, which contain the execution information about the application including any errors. Also, this utility helps in converting .trace files to human readable .txt files.

LogFilter.ini – used in conjunction with log_monitor.exe to provide advanced filtering settings.

logging.dll  – Generates .trace files.

relink.exe – You can use the relink.exe utility to update an existing package or tree of packages to the latest version of ThinApp. Although you can install the latest version of ThinApp and run the build.bat utility to rebuild each target package with the latest ThinApp version, the relink.exe utility is a faster method to upgrade the ThinApp version of existing packages. You may want to update your package to benefit from the latest ThinApp features or support enhancements. You will learn more about the Relink feature in Module 4: Basic Troubleshooting.

sbmerge.exe – Merges runtime changes recorded in the application sandbox with the ThinApp project and updates the captured application. The sandbox is a folder that holds runtime modifications that users make as they run an application. The sandbox is where all the changes made by the application are stored.

Setup Capture.exe – Captures and configures applications through the Setup Capture wizard.

snapshot.exe  –  Takes snapshots on the capture machine and compares the preinstallation environment and postinstallation environment during the application capture process. The ThinApp Setup Capture wizard starts this utility during the capture process at the prescan and the postscan steps.

snapshot.ini  – Stores entries for the virtual registry and virtual file system that ThinApp should ignore during the process of capturing an application. The snapshot.exe file references the snapshot.ini file. Advanced users might modify the snapshot.ini file to ensure ThinApp does not capture certain entries when creating an application package.

template.msi – Builds the MSI files. You can customize this template to ensure the .msi files generated by ThinApp adhere to company deployment procedures and standards. For example, you can add registry settings that you want ThinApp to add to client computers as part of the installation.

ThinAppConverter.exe – Command line tool to perform mass conversion of applications to virtual applications. ThinApp Converter calls upon other executables within the ThinApp Program Files directory to perform the application capture and conversion. (see

ThinAppConverter.ini – The ThinApp Converter executable works in conjunction with a ThinApp Converter configuration file. The configuration file points to the components involved in the conversion process and specifies optional actions (see

ThinDirect.adm – An administrative temokate to import into Windows Group Policy Management in the Active Directory Environment. It allows you to easily change the ThinDirect.txt files thta have already been deployed to users machines. (see

ThinDirect.msi – The installer for the thindirect plug-in for native Internet Explorer (Thindirect.dll) and for the ThinDirectLauncher executable, which launches the virtual browser when necessary for redirected web pages. (see

thinreg.exe – Registers captured applications on a computer. This registration includes setting up shortcuts and the Start menu and setting up file type associations that allow you to start applications.

tlink.exe  – Links key modules during the build process of the captured application.

vftool.exe – Compiles the virtual file system during the build process of the captured application.

vmw.lic – the license information is save in this file

vregtool.exe  – Compiles the virtual registry during the build process of the captured application.


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