VMware Workstation Player (formerly VMware Player Pro) is a streamlined desktop virtualization application. It runs one or more operating systems on the same computer without rebooting.
VMware Workstation Player provides a simple user interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability across the VMware ecosystem. It’s now easier than ever for IT professionals to get their users up and running with a corporate desktop. In addition, allows IT professionals to efficiently create and deliver a virtual desktop to employees, contractors or customers.
Run corporate virtual machines, experiment with new operating systems. Or safely try and test new software in an isolated virtual environment on a Windows or Linux PC.
VMware Workstation Player allows academic professionals to quickly deliver complete virtual desktops to students preconfigured with all the lessons, applications and tools required for the course while increasing control and security.
VMware Workstation Player Features:
Easy PC Virtualization for Windows and Linux
The program provides a streamlined user interface for creating, running and evaluating operating systems and applications in a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs. Easily interact and exchange data between applications running in the virtual machine and the desktop.
Unmatched OS Support for Ultimate Compatibility
VMware Player supports hundreds of guest operating systems – old and new. Therefore you can continue to run the applications you need in a virtual machine for as long as you want. VMware Workstation Player is the best way to run multiple operating systems and corporate desktops in an isolated and protected environment on modern hardware.
Virtual Machine Portability
With VMware Player you can containerize complete desktop environments in a virtual machine and easily share. There you can include the operating system, applications and user configurations. Instead of buying and shipping additional hardware, reduce cost by simply providing VMware Player along with a virtual machine containing your secure desktop image.
Run Restricted Virtual Machines
Workstation Player has the ability to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion Pro. Restricted virtual machines are the easiest way to secure corporate desktops with encryption, runtime password protection, USB access restriction, isolation between the host and guest OS, and time limitation.
Consolidate and Recycle Old PC Hardware
Use the free VMware vCenter Converter utility accessible from this Player to turn existing Windows and Linux based computers into virtual machines. And eliminate the need to re-install and re-configure your existing OS and applications. Once converted, use Workstation Player to manage and run all your virtual machine on new hardware.
Free for Personal Use
VMware Workstation Player is licensed for commercial use and is enabled to run restricted virtual machines. If you simply want to learn more about virtual machines or run them at home in a non-commercial environment, you may use this software at no cost.
- This release resolves CVE-2023-20869, and CVE-2023-20870. For more information on these vulnerabilities and their impact on VMware products
- After you create a virtual machine, you cannot connect a USB device to the virtual machine. The issue occurs because the default value of the usb.restrictions.defaultAllow option is configured to FALSE in the VMX configuration file when the virtual machine is created.
- A host machine with Intel HD 4600 GPU might crash when you use a 3D-enabled virtual machine. When you power on a 3D-enabled virtual machine on a host with Intel HD 4600 GPU, the host machine might crash.
What’s New in Workstation Player 17.0.0 | 2022-11-18:
- New Guest Operating System Support
- Microsoft Windows 11
- Microsoft Windows Server 2022
- RHEL 9
- Debian 11.x
- Ubuntu 22.04
- New Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0. Workstation Player now offers a virtual Trusted Platform Module (version 2.0) device to support Windows 11 and other operating systems that require a TPM.
- Support for Encryption. You can now encrypt a virtual machine to secure it from unauthorized use in Workstation Player.
- New Full or Fast Encryption features. You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encyption.
- Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3. Workstation Player now supports OpenGL 4.3 for the virtual machines.
- Support for WDDM 1.2. Workstation Player now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for the virtual machines.
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- A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU launched in 2011 or later *
- 1.3GHz or faster core speed
- 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended
General Host OS Requirements
VMware Workstation Pro and Player run on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems:
- Windows 10
- Windows Server 2019
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows 8
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Oracle Linux
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Size: 577 MB