Users run View Client to connect to their View desktops. You must install View Client or View Client with Local Mode on a supported operating system.

View Client Operating System Support for Windows-Based Clients lists the Microsoft Windows operating systems supported for View Client. For information about operating systems supported by other View Clients, such as View Client for the Mac and View Client for iPad, see the documents that pertain to the specific client. Go to

View Client Operating System Support for Windows-Based Clients

Operating System



Service Pack

Windows 7

32-bit and 64-bit

Home, Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate

None and SP1

Windows XP


Home and Professional


Windows Vista


Home, Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate

SP 1 and SP2


View Client with Local Mode is supported only on Windows systems and only on physical computers. In addition, to use this feature, your VMware license must include View Client with Local Mode.

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


VMware partners offer thin client devices for VMware View deployments. The features and Linux operating systems that are available for each thin client device are determined by the vendor and model and the configuration that an enterprise chooses to use. For information about the vendors and models for thin client devices, see the Thin Client Compatibility Guide, available on the VMware Web site.