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.

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.

This procedure describes installing View Client by using an interactive installation wizard. If instead you would like to use the command-line, silent installation feature of the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI), see Install View Client Silently.

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

Verify that View Agent is not installed.

Local mode prerequisites:

Verify that your license includes 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.

Prerequisites for USB redirection:

Determine whether the person who uses the client device is allowed to access locally connected USB devices from a virtual desktop. If not, you can either deselect the USB Redirection component that the wizard presents or install the component but disable it using GPOs.

VMware recommends that you always install the USB Redirection component and use GPOs to control USB access. This way, if you later want to enable USB redirection for a client, you will not need to re-install View Client. For information, see the topic "View Client Configuration ADM Template Settings" in the chapter about configuring policies in the VMware View Administration document.

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 fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Connection Server instance that hosts their virtual machine, determine the 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 names for the USB components are vmware-usbarbitrator.exe and vmware-view-usbd.exe.

Start the View Client and verify that you can log in to the correct virtual desktop. See Log In to a View Desktop or Install View Client by Using View Portal.