Upgrade VMware Tools to the latest version to enhance the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improve virtual machine management.

Back up your virtual machines to prevent data loss. See Basic System Administration.

Make sure that a supported guest operating system is installed on the virtual machine.

You must have an ESX/ESXi license or be using evaluation mode to power on the virtual machine.


From the vSphere Client, right-click the virtual machine, select Power, and select Power On.


Select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.

The VMware Tools label indicates whether VMware Tools is installed and current, installed and not current, or not installed.


Click the Console tab to make sure that the guest operating system starts successfully and log in if necessary.


Right-click the virtual machine, select Guest, and select Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.


Select Interactive Tools Upgrade and click OK.

The upgrade process starts by mounting the VMware Tools bundle on the guest operating system.


If the Microsoft Windows New Hardware wizard appears in the virtual machine console, complete the wizard and accept the defaults.

Upgrading virtual hardware and installing or upgrading VMware Tools includes enhancements to the virtual network adapter. A Microsoft Windows guest operating system might interpret these changes as indicating a different network adapter in the virtual machine and start the New Hardware wizard accordingly.


In the virtual machine console, do one of the following:

If autorun is enabled, click OK to confirm that you want to install VMware Tools and start the InstallShield wizard.

If autorun is not enabled, manually start the VMware Tools installer, by clicking Start > Run and entering D:\setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.


Follow the onscreen instructions.


Reboot to make the changes take effect.

The VMware Tools label on the Summary tab changes to OK.

(Recommended) Upgrade the virtual machine hardware to version 7.