VMware Workstation 15.5.5 Player | 28 May 2020 | Build 16285975

What's in the Release Notes

About VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player™ is a streamlined desktop virtualization application that runs another operating system on the same computer without rebooting. VMware Workstation Player provides a simple user interface, unmatched operating system support, and portability across the VMware ecosystem.

For more information, see the broader VMware Workstation Player documentation

What's New

This release of VMware Workstation Player is a free upgrade for all VMware Workstation 15 Player users. It includes the following updates:

  • Windows 10 host VBS support:  VMware Workstation 15.5.5 now runs on Windows hosts with Hyper-V features (For example: virtualization based security) enabled. 

    The followings are minimum requirement to run VMware Workstation on a Hyper-V enabled host:

    CPU Requirements:

    • Intel Sandy Bridge or a newer CPU
    • AMD Bulldozer or a newer CPU

    Supported Host Operating Systems:

    • Windows 10 20H1 build 19041.264 or newer
  • Support for new Guest Operating Systems:
    • Windows 10 20H1
    • Ubuntu 20.04
    • Fedora 32
  • Support for new Host Operation Systems:
    • Windows 10 20H1
    • Ubuntu 20.04

VMware Workstation 15.5.5 Player also contains performance improvements, bug fixes and security updates.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 15 Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Resolved Issues

  • The Windows Operation System stops working without any message when trying to connect an USB Devices to the VM

    The Windows Operation System stops working without any message and freezes when some USB devices is connected to the VM.

    This issue is now resolved.

  • The Virtual Network name does not support multi-byte characters

    Using a multi-byte character Virtual Network name in the Virtual Network Editor, crashes the Workstation and the Virtual Network Editor UI and makes them un-launchable.

    Workaround: This issue is now resolved.

Known Issues

  • VMware Player 15.5.5 installation fails on a Windows Host which doesn't have SHA-2 code signing support

    Player installation on a Widows Host fails with an error and the changes are rolled back.  Microsoft have changed Windows driver signing to use the SHA-2 algorithm exclusively and starting from September 2019, legacy Windows systems without SHA-2 code signing support will fail the driver signature verification. 

    None. For more information, see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/78655.

  • Virtual machines with a bridged type network connection doesn't bind its network to the host's physical network adapter

    By deafult, the Workstation's Bridged Network selects a host's network adapter automatically to bind. If the host system has a virtual network adapter (For example: Microsoft Loopback Adapter, Hypver-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter, etc.), sometimes the Bridged Network will bind to these virtual network adapters instead of physical network adapter.

    For a standalone Player, disable automatic binding and assign the physical network adapter to the Bridged Network by performing the following steps:

    1. Open the Virtual Machine Settings by navigating to Player UI > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings.
    2. Click Network Adapter and select Bridged.
    3. Click Configure Adapters and only select the check box next to the physical network adapter's name.
    4. Click OK to save.
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