You can install Horizon Client for Windows on PCs or laptops that use a supported Microsoft Windows operating system.

The PC or laptop on which you install Horizon Client, and the peripherals it uses, must meet certain system requirements.
All x86 or x86-64 Windows devices
At least 1GB of RAM
Operating systems
The following operating systems are supported:
OS Version Service Pack or Servicing Option Supported Editions
Windows 10 32- or 64-bit Current Branch (CB) version 1607

Current Business Branch (CBB) version 1607

Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) version 1607

Home, Pro, Enterprise, and IoT Core
Windows 8 or 8.1 32- or 64-bit None or Update 2 Pro, Enterprise, and Industry Embedded
Windows 7 32- or 64-bit SP1 Home, Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Latest Update Standard
Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit Latest Update Standard

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are supported for the purposes of running Horizon Client in nested mode. For more information, see Features Supported in Nested Mode.

Connection Server, Security Server, and View Agent or Horizon Agent
Latest maintenance release of View 5.3.x and later releases

If client systems connect from outside the corporate firewall, VMware recommends that you use a security server or Access Point appliance so that client systems will not require a VPN connection.

Remote (hosted) applications are available only on Horizon 6.0 (or later) View servers.

Note: Clients can also connect to the Access Point appliance, which is available with Horizon 6, version 6.2, or a later release.
Display protocol for View
VMware Blast, PCoIP, and RDP
Hardware Requirements for PCoIP and VMware Blast
  • x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed.
  • Available RAM above system requirements to support various monitor setups. Use the following formula as a general guide:
    20MB + (24 * (# monitors) * (monitor width) * (monitor height))
    As a rough guide, you can use the following calculations:
    1 monitor: 1600 x 1200: 64MB
    2 monitors: 1600 x 1200: 128MB
    3 monitors: 1600 x 1200: 256MB
Hardware Requirements for RDP
  • x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed.
  • 128MB RAM.
Software Requirements for RDP
  • For Windows 7, use RDP 7.1 or 8.0. Windows 7 includes RDP 7. Windows 7 SP1 includes RDP 7.1.
  • For Windows 8, use RDP 8.0. For Windows 8.1, use RDP 8.1.
  • For Windows 10, use RDP 10.0.
  • (Supported with View Agent 6.0.2 and earlier only) For Windows XP desktop virtual machines, you must install the RDP patches listed in Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles 323497 and 884020. If you do not install the RDP patches, a Windows Sockets failed error message might appear on the client.
  • The agent installer configures the local firewall rule for inbound RDP connections to match the current RDP port of the host operating system, which is typically 3389. If you change the RDP port number, you must change the associated firewall rules.

You can download Remote Desktop Client versions from the Microsoft Download Center.