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:



Service Pack or Servicing Option

Supported Editions

Windows 10

32- or 64-bit

Current Branch (CB) version 1703 (Creators Update)

Current Branch (CB) version 1607 (Anniversary Update)

Current Branch for Business (CBB) version 1607 (Anniversary Update)

Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) version 1607 (Anniversary Update)

Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) version 1507

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


Home, Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate

Windows Server 2008 R2


Latest Update


Windows Server 2012 R2


Latest Update


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 6.x and later releases.

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


Clients can also connect to the Unified Access Gateway appliance, which is available with Horizon 6 version 6.2 and later releases.

Display protocols

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.

Video and Graphics Requirements

  • Graphics card that supports Direct3D 11 Video.

  • Latest video and graphics card drivers.

  • For Windows 7 SP1, install the Platform update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. For information, go to