An expedient way of downloading and installing the View Client or View Client with Local Mode application is to open a browser and browse to the View Portal Web page. You can use View Portal to download the full View Client installer for both Windows and Mac client computers.

As an alternative to browsing to a VMware Download page to download View Client, you can browse to a View Connection Server URL. You can also configure settings so that the links on View Portal point to a different location than the VMware Download page.

If the links on View Portal must point to a different location than the VMware Downloads page, see Configure the View Client Download Links Displayed in View Portal.

Verify that you have the URL for the View Connection Server instance.

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

Verify that a virtual desktop has been created and that the user account you plan to use is entitled to access this desktop.

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.

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.


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


Open a browser and enter the URL of the View Connection Server instance that provides access to the virtual desktop.

In the URL, be sure to use https rather than http.


Click the appropriate link for the type of operating system you have (32-bit or 64-bit) and the type of View Client to install (with or without Local Mode).


When prompted, save the installer file to your client system.


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


Follow the prompts to install the components you want.

Connect to the View desktop. See Log In to a View Desktop.