All supported Windows guest operating systems support VMware Tools.

Install the latest version of VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improve virtual machine management. When you power on a virtual machine, if a new version of VMware Tools is available, you see a notification in the status bar of the guest operating system.

For Windows 2000 and later, VMware Tools installs a virtual machine upgrade helper tool. This tool restores the network configuration if you upgrade from virtual hardware version 4 to version 7 or higher. In vSphere, virtual hardware version 4 corresponds to ESX/ESXi 3.5 compatibility. Virtual hardware version 7 corresponds to ESX/ESXi 4.x compatibility.

Power on the virtual machine.

Verify that the guest operating system is running.

To determine whether you have the latest version of VMware Tools, look on the Summary tab for the virtual machine.

Log in as an administrator unless you are using an older Windows operating system. Any user can install VMware Tools in a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me guest operating system. For operating systems newer than these, you must log in as an administrator.

If you plan to install the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent driver, see the system requirements listed in the vShield Quick Start Guide. The vShield component is not installed by default. You must perform a custom installation and include that component.


Select the menu command to mount the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.

VMware Product

Menu Command

vSphere Client

Inventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools

vSphere Web Client

Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Guest OS > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.


To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.


Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.


If you are performing an upgrade or reinstallation, in the Install/Upgrade VMware Tools dialog box, select Interactive Tools Installation or Interactive Tools Upgrade and click OK.

The process starts by mounting the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.


If you are installing VMware Tools for the first time, click OK in the Install VMware Tools information screen.

If autorun is enabled for the CD-ROM drive in the guest operating system, the VMware Tools installation wizard appears.


If autorun is not enabled, to manually launch the wizard, click Start > Run and enter D:\setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.


Follow the on-screen instructions.

To install nondefault components, such as the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent driver, select the Custom setup.


If the New Hardware wizard appears, go through the wizard and accept the defaults.


If you are installing a beta or RC version of VMware Tools and you see a warning that a package or driver is not signed, click Install Anyway to complete the installation.


When prompted, reboot the virtual machine.

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

(Recommended) If you upgraded VMware Tools as part of a larger, system-wide upgrade, next determine whether to upgrade the virtual machines in your environment. To review and compare the hardware available for different compatibility levels, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.