VMware Workstation Player 17.0 | 17 NOV 2022 | Build 20800274

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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.

System Requirements

  • A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU launched in 2011 or later.

  • Please refer to the vendor's recommended processor requirements for specific Host Operating Systems (HOS):

    • For Microsoft-specific HOS, refer to the Microsoft documentation

    • For Linux-specific HOS, refer to the Linux Vendor-specific documentation

What's New

  • New Guest Operating System Support

    • Microsoft Windows 11

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022

    • RHEL 9

    • Debian 11.x

    • Ubuntu 22.04

  • New Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0

    Workstation Player now offers a virtual Trusted Platform Module (version 2.0) device to support Windows 11 and other operating systems that require a TPM. 

  • Support for Encryption

    You can now encrypt a virtual machine to secure it from unauthorized use in Workstation Player.

  • New Full or Fast Encryption features

    You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encyption.

  • Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3

    Workstation Player now supports OpenGL 4.3 for the virtual machines.

  • Support for WDDM 1.2

    Workstation Player now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for the virtual machines.

Product Support Notices

  • The option to map or mount a virtual disk to a drive on the host system is no longer available in Workstation Player.

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Workstation 16 Player are described in the release notes for each release. To view the release notes for a prior release, click the appropriate link:

Known Issues

  • In the Virtual Machine Wizard, Workstation Player might show an incorrect version for a selected ISO image of the FreeBSD Operating System

    While creating a virtual machine, if you select the ISO image of the FreeBSD 12.x or 13.x operating system, the New Virtual Machine Wizard shows an incorrect version of the FreeBSD operating system.


    This does not impact the installation of the operating system. You can manually change the guest operating system type when the VM is powered off.

    Manually set the operating system type to the corresponding version of FreeBSD.

Resolved Issues

  • For the Fedora 64-bit guest operating system, you cannot specify the firmware

    When you try to create a virtual machine with Fedora 64-bit guest operating system, you do not get the option to choose between UEFI and BIOS firmware in the New Virtual Machine Wizard.

    This issue is resolved.

  • USBarbitrator64.exe on the Host is crashing while searching Bluetooth devices inside the guest virtual machine

    When you try to add a Bluetooth device to a virtual machine, USBArbitrator.exe on the Host crashes, and the Bluetooth device fails to connect to the virtual machine.

    This issue is resolved.

  • Cannot open multiple virtual machines at the same time

    If more than one virtual machine runs and shares a common VM directory, you cannot open more than one such virtual machine at the same time.

    This issue is resolved.

  • Unclear images appear on the Microsoft Edge browser

    On a virtual machine with Windows guest operating system, unclear images appear on the Microsoft Edge browser.

    This issue is resolved.

Security Issues

  • OpenSSL has been updated to 1.1.1q.

  • Python has been updated to 3.10.4.

  • Libgcrypt has been updated to 1.10.0.

  • zlib has been updated to 1.2.12.

  • Expat has been updated to 2.4.9.

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