Thinapp instructions for VMware Horizon View Client 5.4.0

Below are instructions to thinapp the VMware Horizon View Client. (version 5.4.0 build 1219906)

A Thinapp-ed version of the VMware Horizon View client might be very useful in situations where you do not want to or cannot install software on your Windows PC.


Capture & build machine:

  • Windows XP SP3 – 32 bit (fully patched)
  • Install latest VMware Thinapp version (4.7.3 build 891762 at the time of writing)
  • Make sure the capture & build machine has Internet access
  • Download the latest VMware Horizon View client for 32-bit Windows from
  • Copy the VMware Horizon View Client installation files to the capture & build machine
  • Install VMware Tools if they are not yet installed
  • Uninstall Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++



Launch Thinapp Setup Capture

Click “Prescan”

When the prescan is finished minimize the Setup Capture wizard


Application installation

Install VMware View Client

  • Custom setup: Do not install “USB redirection” component
  • Default View Connection Server: leave blank or type your preferred View connection server
  • Enhanced Single Sign-On: leave defaults
  • Create Shortcuts: Only select “Desktop”
  • When the installation finished there is no need to restart as drivers are not applicable for this package

Launch View Client

Select Options

Check “Autoconnect: Always connect to this server at startup”




Maximize the Setup Capture wizard

Click “Postscan”

Entry Points:

  • Select only “VMware Horizon View Client.exe”
  • Click “Next”

Manage with Horizon:

  • Do not select “Manage with VMware Horizon Application Manager”
  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Everyone”
  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Full write access..”
  • Click “Next”

Sandbox location:

  • Select “User Profile”
  • Click “Next”

Quality Assurance Statistics:

  • Select “No – Do not send any information to VMware”
  • Click “Next”

Project Settings:

  • Inventory name: VMware Horizon View Client
  • Project location: choose location where you want to store the thinapped application
  • Click “Next”

Package Settings:

  • Primary data container:
    • Select “Use one of the entry points:”
  • Do not select “Generate MSI package”
  • Do not select “Compress virtual package”
  • Click “Save”

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\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Local AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Program Files Common%\VMware

> VMware Virtual Printing (this feature is not available in ThinApp virtual application)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin






%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\messages

> all folders (EXCEPT “en” if it is available)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\DCT

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\extras

> vdm_client.adm


  • 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



Close notepad and save the file package.ini in it’s default location

  • Click “Build”
  • Click “Finish”


The end result is a single executable file of +/- 62 MB

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