You run the Windows setup program and installation wizard to install Workstation on a Windows host system.

Remote connections and virtual machine sharing are enabled by default when you install Workstation. With remote connections, you can connect to remote hosts and run remote virtual machines. With virtual machine sharing, you can create virtual machines that other instances of Workstation can access remotely.

Shared virtual machines are stored in the shared virtual machines directory, where VMware Workstation Server (the VMware Workstation Server service) manages them. Remote users connect to VMware Workstation Server through HTTPS port 443 on the host system.

To change the shared virtual machines directory or select a different port during the installation process, you must select the Custom option. You can also change the shared virtual machines directory, select a different port, and disable remote connections and virtual machine sharing after Workstation is installed by modifying the Shared VMs Workstation preference setting. See Using VMware Workstation for more information.

Verify that the host system meets the host system requirements. See Host System Requirements.

Verify that you have administrative privileges on the host system.

Verify that no incompatible VMware products are installed on the host system. See Installing Workstation with Other VMware Products.

Obtain the Workstation software and license key. See Obtaining the Workstation Software and License Key.

If you plan to use the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Eclipse or Visual Studio, install it on the host system. See Installing the Integrated Virtual Debuggers for Eclipse and Visual Studio.


Log in to the Windows host system as the Administrator user or as a user who is a member of the local Administrators group.

If you log in to a domain, the domain account must also be a local administrator.


If you are installing Workstation from a CD, insert the CD in the CD-ROM drive on the host system.

If autorun is enabled, the installation program begins.


If autorun is not enabled, or if you downloaded the installation software, double-click the setup file.



If you are installing the software from a CD

The setup file is called setup.exe.

If you downloaded the software

The setup filename is similar to VMware-workstation-xxxx-xxxx.exe, where xxxx-xxxx is the version and build numbers.


Select a setup option.




Installs typical Workstation features. If the Integrated Virtual Debugger for Visual Studio or Eclipse is present on the host system, the associated Workstation plug-ins are installed.


Lets you select which Workstation features to install and specify where to install them. Select this option if you need to change the shared virtual machines directory, modify the VMware Workstation Server port, or install the enhanced virtual keyboard driver. The enhanced virtual keyboard driver provides better handling of international keyboards and keyboards that have extra keys.


Follow the prompts to finish the installation.

Depending on your configuration, you might need to restart the host system to finish the installation.

After Workstation is installed, the VMware Workstation Server service starts on the host system. The VMware Workstation Server service starts whenever you restart the host system.