End users open View Client to connect to their virtual desktops from a physical machine. You can run a Windows-based installer file to install all components of View Client.

In addition to accessing virtual desktops with View Client, end users can use View Client to configure some display options if the View administrator enables these options. For example, end users can optionally choose a display protocol or window size or use their current login credentials for View authentication.

View Client with Local Mode lets end users download a copy of their virtual desktop to their local computer. End users can then use the virtual desktop even when they do not have a network connection. Latency is minimized and performance is enhanced.

View Client with Local Mode is the fully supported feature that in earlier releases was an experimental feature called View Client with Offline Desktop.

Verify that you can log in as an administrator on the client system.

Verify that the client system uses a supported operating system. See Supported Operating Systems for Windows-Based View Client and View Client with Local Mode.

Verify that View Agent is not installed.

If you plan to install View Client with Local Mode, verify that your license includes View Client with Local Mode.

If you plan to install View Client with Local Mode, verify that none of the following products is installed: VMware View Client, VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware ACE, VMware Server.

Determine whether the person who uses the client device is allowed to access locally connected USB devices from a virtual desktop. If not, you must deselect the USB Redirection component that the wizard presents.

If you plan to install the USB Redirection component, verify that the Windows Automatic Update feature is not turned off on the client computer.

Determine whether to use the feature that lets end users log in to View Client and their virtual desktop as the currently logged in user. Credential information that the user entered when logging in to the client system is passed to the View Connection Server instance and ultimately to the virtual desktop. Some client operating systems do not support this feature.

If you do not want to require end users to supply the IP address or fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Connection Server instance that hosts their virtual machine, determine the IP address or FQDN so that you can supply it during installation.


Log in to the client system as a user with administrator privileges.


On the client system, download the View Client installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/products/.

Select the appropriate installer file, where xxxxxx is the build number and y.y.y is the version number.



View Client on 64-bit operating systems

Select VMware-viewclient-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client.

Select VMware-viewclientwithlocalmode-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client with Local mode.

View Client on 32-bit operating systems

Select VMware-viewclient-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client.

Select VMware-viewclientwithlocalmode-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client with Local Mode.


To start the View Client installation program, double-click the installer file.


Follow the prompts to install the components you want.

The VMware View Client service is installed on the Windows client computer. The service name for View Client is wsnm.exe. The service name for the USB component is wsnm_usbctrl.exe.

Start the View Client and verify that you can log in to the correct virtual desktop. See Start the Windows-Based View Client or View Client with Local Mode or Install View Client by Using View Portal.