VMware Workstation Player

Introduction

In this blog post, we will learn how to download and install VMware Workstation Player on the Windows 10 operating system.

What is VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player is a free-edition, personal-use virtualization software for Windows and Linux operating systems. The VMware Fusion Player is available for IOS and MAC operating systems.

You can run multiple virtual machines without distrusting your current operating system. You can share your files and folders between hosts and guests, and allocate custom resources for memory, HDD, CPU, etc.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even the most demanding applications.

VMware Workstation Player can be used by students, employees, developers, system administrator, customers, contractors, or partners.

Features

  • The best way to learn about Virtualization, Operating Systems, Containers, Kubernetes, or the VMware ecosystem.
  • Choose from hundreds of support Guest and Host OS’s.
  • Ready for the latest releases of Windows 10 and major Linux distributions.
  • Supports operation alongside Hyper-V, WSL2, Device Guard and Credential Guard features of Windows 10.
  • Enhanced 3D graphics support for DirectX 11 and up to 8GB of vGPU Memory.
  • Build, Push, Pull and Run OCI Container Images with the new vctl CLI.
  • Run restricted virtual machines created by Workstation Pro or Fusion Pro.
  • Continue to run Windows XP or Windows 7 in a virtual environment on modern hardware.
  • Licenses can be purchased to enable EULA compliance for running in a commercial environment.

Features that are missing in VMware Workstation Player

VM Snapshots: Snapshots allow you to save a virtual machine state at the appropriate point in time and then return to the virtual machine when a failure or system problem occurs.

VM Cloning: A copy of the virtual machine The existing virtual machine is known as the “parent,” while the new virtual machine is called a “clone.”

Running Multiple Virtual Machines: It does not support running multiple virtual machines at the same time.

Sharing Virtual Machines: You can share virtual machines with other users. This will allow you to avoid cloning virtual machines if you have a good network connection and while connecting remotely.

System Requirements

  • Memory: 2GB Minimum/4GB Recommended
  • CPU: 3 GHz or faster
  • Hard disk space: 1.2GB or more

Supported Host Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • CentOS
  • Oracle Linux
  • openSUSE
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Note: Windows 7 is not supported

Supported Guest Operating Systems

More than 200 operating systems are supported, including the following.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.X
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu
  • RedHat
  • SUSE
  • Oracle Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • openSUSE
  • Mint
  • CentOS

Downloading and Installation of VMware Workstation Player

1. Visit the below link to download VMware Workstation Player

https://www.vmware.com/mena/products/workstation-player/workstation-player-evaluation.html

2. After downloading the setup file, run the setup and click Next.

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

3. Select “I accept the terms in the License Agreements” and click Next.

4. Click Next after selecting “Enhanced keyboard driver” and “Add VMware workstation console tools to the system PATH.”

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

5. Select “Check for product updates on startup” if you want VMware Workstation Player to check for the new versions of the application and installed software components at the system startup and then click Next.

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

6. Select Desktop and Start Menu Programs Folders. It will create the shortcuts in both locations. Click Next.

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

7. Click Install, and wait for the installation process to complete.

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

8. After the installation is completed, click on Finish.

How to Install VMware Workstation Player on Windows 10

9. It will ask you to restart the computer. Click “Yes.”

10. After restarting the computer, open the VMware Workstation Player. You will see the window as below.

Follow our below post on how to install VMware Workstation on Windows 10.

https://easytechhub.com/how-to-install-vmware-workstation-on-windows-10/

Conclusion

VMware Workstation Player is free virtualization software that runs on Windows or Linux host operating systems and allows you to run a virtual computer within a physical machine.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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