Installing VMware Tools is part of the process of creating a new virtual machine. Upgrading VMware Tools is part of the process of keeping virtual machines up to current standards.

For the best performance and latest updates, install or upgrade VMware Tools to match the version of Workstation that you are using. Other compatibility options are also available.

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine.

You can upgrade VMware Tools manually, or you can configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools.

You can manually install or upgrade VMware Tools on Windows, Linux, NetWare, Solaris, and FreeBSD virtual machines.

VMware Tools in Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems uses the VMware User process executable file. This  program implements the fit-guest-to-window feature and Unity mode, among other features.

Occasionally, an upgrade of VMware Tools is incomplete. You can usually solve the problem by uninstalling VMware Tools and then reinstalling.