VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software. VMware Player is free for personal use. VMware Player is now available for commercial use with support offerings as a component of VMware Fusion Professional.
Best Way to Run Windows XP
VMware Player is the best way to run legacy Windows XP applications on Windows 7 or Windows 8. With unity mode, copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, and networking and printing that require no additional setup, XP applications will run seamlessly on modern hardware.
Run Restricted Virtual Machines
VMware Player with a commercial license will run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion Professional. It’s the easiest way to run restricted virtual machines on Windows or Linux PCs.
Safest Way to Try New Software
VMware Player is the ideal way to run corporate virtual machines, experiment with new operating systems or safely try and test new software in an isolated environment on your PC.
Most Advanced Virtualization Platform
VMware Player takes advantage of the latest hardware to create virtual machines with up to 4 virtual processors, 2 TB virtual disks and up to 64 GB of memory per virtual machines. And with support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 3D graphics in a Windows and Linux virtual machine, VMware Player can easily handle your most demanding applications.
Recycle Old Hardware
Use VMware vCenter Converter to transform your existing Windows PCs into a virtual machine and eliminate the need to re-install and re-configure your existing applications. Now you can recycle the old machines you have running under your desk or stored in the closet.
The following support is new in Workstation 14 Player:
Windows 10 Creators Update support
VMware Workstation Player provides the following support for Windows 10 Creators Update:
Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a virtual machine
Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a host operating system
Windows 10 Creators Update Auto Detect and Easy Install
Unity support for Windows 10
New Guest operating systems support
Support has been added for the following operating systems:
Oracle Linux 7.4
SLE 12 SP3
New CPU enablement
Intel Skylake and AMD Ryzen CPU support is enabled.
Virtual NVMe support
Workstation 14 Player introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller. NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 / ESXi 6.5 compatibility and later.
Workstation 14 Player introduces Secure Boot support for Virtual Machines to ensure only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS “handoff” process.
Network Latency simulation
With new Network Latency Simulation feature, you can simulate a specific network environment along with existing network speed and packet loss simulator.
Native OVF support
With improved OVF/OVA support, Workstation Player provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing and experimentation within Workstation. VCSA6.0 and 6.5 are supported.
New GTK+ 3 based UI for Linux
Linux Workstation Player UI has been rewritten to support GTK+ 3.
The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Workstation Player.
“The VMware Tools power-on script did not run successfully in this virtual machine” error prompts out when power on a VCSA6.0 appliance
Power on an imported VCSA6.0 appliance within Workstation Pro, following error message will prompt out:”The VMware Tools power-on script did not run successfully in this virtual machine”
Workaround: Click “OK” button to ignore the error message.
USB devices on some of the 3.1 xhci controllers are not available for passthrough on windows hosts
USB devices connected to some USB 3.1 controllers are not listed under “VM > Removable Devices”, hence the device cannot be pass-through to the virtual machine.
Windows 10 Insider Preview virtual machine may become black screen after exit Unity or multimonitor
When you have more than 1 monitors connecting to your host, Windows 10 Insider Preview VM may become black screen under following scenarios:
Enter Unity mode and then Exit Unity mode
Switch to multimonitor mode, then switch back to 1 monitor
Workaround: You can switch back to Unity mode or original multimonitor mode to get VM’s display normal.