You can use the silent installation feature of the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) to install Horizon Client on several Windows computers. In a silent installation, you use the command line and do not have to respond to wizard prompts.

The installer determines whether the client system has a 64-bit or 32-bit operating and installs the correct version of Horizon Client for the client system.


  • Verify that the client system uses a supported operating system. See System Requirements for Windows Clients.
  • Verify that you can log in as an administrator on the client system.
  • Verify that the domain controllers have the latest patches, enough free disk space, and can communicate with each other. Otherwise, when you run the installer on a Windows 8.1 system, the installer can take an unusual amount of time to finish. This problem occurs if the machine's domain controller, or another domain controller in its hierarchy, is unresponsive or unreachable.
  • If you plan to install Horizon Client with FIPS-compliant cryptography, enable FIPS mode in the client operating system before you run the Horizon Client installer. See Enabling FIPS Mode in the Windows Client Operating System.
  • Decide whether to use the feature that allows end users to log in to Horizon Client and their remote desktop as the currently logged in user. Credential information that the user entered when logging in to the client system is passed to the Connection Server instance and ultimately to the remote desktop. Some client operating systems do not support this feature.
  • Become familiar with the MSI installer command-line options. See Microsoft Windows Installer Command-Line Options.
  • Become familiar with the silent installation (MSI) properties available with Horizon Client. See Silent Installation Properties for Horizon Client.
  • Determine whether to allow end users to access locally connected USB devices from their virtual desktops. If not, set the MSI property, ADDLOCAL, to the list of features of interest and omit the USB feature. For details, see Silent Installation Properties for Horizon Client.
  • If you do not want to require end users to supply the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Connection Server instance, determine the FQDN so that you can supply it during installation.


  1. Log in to the client system as an administrator.
  2. Navigate to the VMware product page at
  3. Download the Horizon Client installer file, for example, VMware-Horizon-Client-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe.
    xxxxxx is the build number and y.y.y is the version number.
  4. Open a command prompt on the Windows client computer.
  5. Type the installation command on one line.
    This example installs Horizon Client silently:
    VMware-Horizon-Client-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn ADDLOCAL=Core,USB,TSSO"

    Alternatively, you can use ADDLOCAL=ALL instead of ADDLOCAL=Core,USB,TSSO.

    Note: The Core feature is mandatory.


The installer installs certain Windows services, including VMware Horizon Client (horizon_client_service), VMware USB Arbitration Service (VMUSBArbService), and VMware View USB (vmware-view-usbd).

What to do next

(Optional) If you installed Horizon Client with the URL Content Redirection feature, verify that the feature is installed by checking that the vmware-url-protocol-launch-helper.exe and the vmware-url-filtering-plugin.dll files are installed in the %PROGRAMFILES%\VMware\VMware Horizon View Client\ directory. Also ensure that the Internet Explorer add-on VMware Horizon View URL Filtering Plugin is installed and enabled.

Start Horizon Client and verify that you can log in to the correct remote desktop or application. See Connect to a Remote Desktop or Application.