You must perform certain preparation tasks on the Windows or Linux host system to use 3D accelerated graphics in a virtual machine.


  • Verify that the host has a video card that supports DirectX 9 or DirectX 10 and the latest DirectX Runtime required for the DirectX version being used.

    The VMware guest operating system OpenGL driver for Windows and Linux supports the OpenGL 3.3 core profile only. The OpenGL3.3 compatibility profile is not supported.


  1. Upgrade the video drivers on the host system to the latest versions.

    ATI Graphics drivers are available from the AMD Web site. NVIDIA drivers are available from the NVIDIA Web site.

  2. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to the Full position.



    Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

    Right-click the desktop and select Personalize > Screen resolution > Advanced Settings > Troubleshoot > Change settings.