Guest operating system Windows 2000 and earlier, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and later support VMware Tools.
For Windows 2000 and later, VMware Tools installs a virtual machine upgrade helper tool. This tool restores the network configuration if you upgrade the virtual machine compatibility from ESX/ESXi 3.5 to ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later or from Workstation 5.5 to Workstation 6.0 and later.
- Power on the virtual machine.
- Verify that the guest operating system is running.
- If you connected the virtual machine’s virtual CD/DVD drive to an ISO image file when you installed the operating system, change the setting so that the virtual CD/DVD drive is configured to autodetect a physical drive.
The autodetect setting enables the virtual machine's first virtual CD/DVD drive to detect and connect to the VMware Tools ISO file for a VMware Tools installation. This ISO file is detected as a physical CD by your guest operating system. Use the virtual machine settings editor to set the CD/DVD drive to autodetect a physical drive.
- Log in as an administrator unless you are using an older Windows operating system. Any user can install VMware Tools in a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME guest operating system. For operating systems later than these, you must log in as an administrator.
- The AppDefense component is not installed by default. You must perform a custom installation and include that component.
- On the host, from the Workstation Pro menu bar, select
. If an earlier version of VMware Tools is installed, the menu item is Update VMware Tools.
- If you are installing VMware Tools for the first time, click OK on the Install VMware Tools information page.
If autorun is enabled for the CD-ROM drive on the guest operating system, the VMware Tools installation wizard starts.If autorun is not enabled, to manually launch the wizard, clickand enter D:\setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive. Use D:\setup64.exe for 64-bit Windows guest operating system.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- If the New Hardware wizard appears, follow the prompts and accept the defaults.
Note: If you are installing a beta or RC version of VMware Tools and you see a warning that a package or driver is not signed, click Install Anyway to complete the installation.
- When prompted, reboot the virtual machine.
What to do next
If a new virtual hardware version is available for the virtual machine, upgrade the virtual hardware.