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, DirectX 10, DirectX 10.1, or DirectX 11 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, OpenGL 4.1, and OpenGL 4.3 compatibility profile.


  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. Intel drivers are available from the Intel Web site.
  2. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to the Full position.
    Option Description
    Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 Right-click the desktop and select Personalize > Screen resolution > Advanced Settings > Troubleshoot > Change settings.