VMware Tools – Microsoft runtime DLL installer failed to complete the installation.
You may be able to install VMware tools on some windows machine and encounter “Microsoft Runtime DLL installer failed” error on few machines running on same ESXi/vCenter. Even if you restart the VM you will see same error when you try to install VMWare tools.
Turn off the VM, yes, turn off and wait for around 5 minutes, VM has to break all the open handles with parent host/vCenter. Turn on the VM and run VMWare Tools installer, this time the installation will complete without any error.
Tested on/applies to: ESXi/vCenter 6.0 and 6.5