VMware Fusion 8.5.1 | 27  OCT 2016 | Build 4543325

Last updated: 27  OCT 2016

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What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable way to run Windows and other x86 based operating systems on a Mac without rebooting.

For more information, see the broader VMware Fusion documentation or specifically the VMware Fusion 8.0 Documentation Center.

What's New

This release of VMware Fusion is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 8 users. It contains bug fixes, security updates, and performance improvements.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Fusion are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for prior releases of VMware Fusion 8, click the following links:

VMware Fusion 8.5
VMware Fusion 8.1.1
VMware Fusion 8.1
VMware Fusion 8.0.2
VMware Fusion 8.0.1
VMware Fusion 8.0

Known Issues

  • Virtual machines running Linux kernel version 4.7 or above may crash or hang on hosts with Intel CPUs

    Virtual Machines running Linux kernel version 4.7 or above may crash during installation or during power-on with a crash in the intel_powerclamp driver. This issue has been reported with Ubuntu 16.10, but it is a generic Linux kernel issue.

    Workaround: VMware is working with the OS vendors to have them fix their respective kernels. Until a fix is available, you can blacklist the intel_powerclamp driver so that the buggy code doesn't get loaded.

    To blacklist the driver:

    Add the kernel command-line option modprobe.blacklist=intel_powerclamp to the guest OS's default grub configuration or add it directly at the grub menu during boot.

Resolved Issues

  • If more than one monitor is used in Full Screen mode on macOS 10.12 host operating system, the virtual displays are merged into one space in different tabs, instead of creating Full Screen space on each monitor

    On macOS 10.12 host operating system, if there is external monitor connected to the Mac machine, when you switch a virtual machine to Full Screen with "Use All Displays in Full Screen" option selected, the virtual machine shows in Full Screen only on one monitor and merges all virtual displays to it as tabs, instead of using separated spaces on all monitors. After changing the view mode back to Single Window, a redundant black space remains, and the Fusion menu bar is hidden automatically.

    This issue is resolved.

  • A virtual machine using EFI firmware sometimes crashes when it is powering on

    When powering on a virtual machine that uses EFI firmware instead of BIOS, the virtual machine sometimes crashes.

    This issue is resolved.

  • Fusion can quit unexpectedly when running a Windows 10 virtual machine in Unity mode

    Windows 10 virtual machines running in Unity mode may unexpectedly quit when you are working with certain applications.

    This issue is resolved.

  • On macOS 10.12 host operating systems, the tab bar on the virtual machine window becomes blank when moving the mouse pointer into the virtual machine

    On macOS 10.12 host operating systems, if you move the mouse pointer into a running virtual machine when there is no tools service running inside the guest OS, the tab bar shown on the virtual machine window becomes blank, and the Fusion menu Window > Merge All Windows is disabled for the virtual machine. This problem occurs if the virtual machine does not have VMware Tools installed or it has VMware Tools installed but the Tools services are not launched yet.

    This issue is resolved.

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