Thinapp instructions for VMware Horizon Client 4.8

Below are instructions to thinapp the VMware Horizon Client. (version 4.8.0 build 8547331)

A Thinapped version of the VMware Horizon Client might be very useful in situations where you do not want to or cannot install software on your Windows PC.

Build Capture & build machine

  • Windows 10 (fully patched)
  • Install latest VMware Thinapp version (5.2.3 build 6945559 at the time of writing)
  • Make sure the capture & build machine has Internet access
  • Install VMware Tools if they are not yet installed
  • Uninstall Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++
  • Power off the Capture & build machine
  • Take a snapshot with the name “clean State’

Prepare the Capture & build machine for capturing a thinapp package

  • Revert the Capture & build machine to snapshot “clean State”
  • Power on the Capture & build machine
  • Log on with a local administrator account
  • Download the latest VMware Horizon Client for Windows from
  • Copy the VMware Horizon Client installation files to the capture & build machine to the desktop


  • Power on the Capture & build machine
  • Log on with a local administrator account
  • Launch “Thinapp Setup Capture”
  • Click “Next” on the “Setup Capture – Welcome” screen
  • Click “Prescan” on the “Setup Capture – Prescan” screen
  • Wait for the prescan process to finish (this takes a few minutes)
  • When the prescan process is finished minimize the “Setup Capture – Install Application” screen

Application installation

  • Install VMware Horizon Client
    • Double Click “VMware-Horizon-Client-4.8.0-8547331.exe”
    • Choose “Custom installation”
      • Where to install: leave default
      • Internet Protocol: IPv4
      • Additional features:
        • USB redirection: NO
        • Log in as current user: NO
        • Default Connection Server: leave blank or type your preferred Horizon View connection server
        • Virtualization pack for Skype for Business: NO
        • 32-bit Core Remote experience: NO
        • Install HTML5 Multimedia Redirection Support: NO
      • Select “Agree & Install”
  • When the installation finished click “Launch”
    • Select settings (3 horizontal bars in the right-hand top corner)
      • Select Software updates
      • Unselect “Enable update notifications”
      • Close the “Software Updates” screen
  • Close the VMware Horizon Client


  • Maximize the “Setup Capture – Install Application” screen
  • Click “Postscan”
  • Wait for the postscan process to finish (this takes a few minutes)

Thinapp Settings

  • “Setup Capture – Entry Points”:
    • Select only “VMware Horizon Client.exe”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Manage with VMware Workspace”
    • Do not select “Manage with VMware Workspace”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Groups”
    • Select “Everyone”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Isolation”
    • Select “Full write access to non-system directories (Merged isolation mode)”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Sandbox location”
    • Select “User Profile (%Appdate\Thinstall)”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Quality Assurance Statistics”
    • Select “No – Do not send any information to VMware”
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Project Settings”
    • Inventory name: VMware Horizon Client
    • Project location: leave th default location
    • Click “Next”
  • “Setup Capture – Package Settings”
    • Primary data container:
      • Select “Use one of the entry points: VMware Horizon Client.exe”
    • Do not select “Generate MSI package”
    • Do not select “Compress virtual package”
    • Click “Save”
      • Click “Yes” when the message appears “You should select the .dat file as primary data container… Are you sure…”
    • Wait for the “Save project” process to finish (this takes a few minutes)


  • “Setup Capture – Ready to build”
    • Click “Open Project Folder”
      • A new Windows Explorer window will open automatically
      • Delete the below from the project folder
        • %Common AppData%\VMware\logs
        • %Common AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs
        • %Local AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs
        • %Program Files Common%\ThinPrint
        • %Program Files Common%\VMware\ThinPrint
        • %ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware Horizon View Client
          • rc_de_de_407.dll
          • rc_es_es_40a.dll
          • rc_fr_fr_40c.dll
          • rc_ja_jp_411.dll
          • rc_ko_kr_412.dll
          • rc_zh_cn_804.dll
          • rc-zh_tw_404.dll
        • %ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View Client\messages
          • > all folders (EXCEPT “en” if it is available)
        • %ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View Client\DCT
        • %ProgramFilesDir(x64)%\Common Files\ThinPrint
        • %ProgramFilesDir(x64)%\Common Files\VMware\ThinPrint
        • %SystemRoot%\Installer
      • Close the Windows explorer folder
    • Click “Edit Package.ini”
      • Notepad will open the file package.ini
      • Change “Compressiontype=None” to “CompressionType=Fast”
      • Change “;MSIStreaming=0” to “MSIStreaming=1” Make sure you remove the “;” before the line
      • Add the following lines just before the [Isolation] section
        • [Filelist]
        • ExcludePattern=*.bak,*.msi.*.mst,*.cab,*msp,*.log,*.etl,*.bin,
      • In the section [VMware Horizon Client.exe]
        • Change the Value after “Icon” to “%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware Horizon View Client\vmware-view.exe”
      • Close notepad and save the file package.ini in it’s default location
    • Click “Build”
    • Wait for the “Build project” process to finish (this takes a few minutes)
    • Select “Open folder containingproject executables after clicking Finish”
    • Click “Finish”
  • File explorer will open where you can find the Thinapped VMware Horizon Client executable

One Comment

  1. Many thanks for your post !

    i tried to create portable application from 5.x without any success,
    apparently 4.8 is the last one which reported to work.


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