If you have the packaged distribution of Workstation, the installation software is on the installation media in the package and the license key is on the registration card. If you have the electronic distribution, the installation software is in the file that you downloaded and the license key is sent to you in email.

The installation files for both host platforms are included in the packaged distribution. You can use the license key on both the Windows and Linux versions of Workstation. You need one license for each host system.

If you do not enter the Workstation license key during installation, you can specify the license key later, in Workstation, select Help > Enter License Key and enter the license key on the Workstation Activation dialog box. You can also purchase a license key and view the status of an evaluation license from the Workstation Activation dialog box.

See the VMware Web site for information on obtaining an evaluation license.


If you have an invalid license, Workstation prompts you to enter a license key each time you attempt to power on a virtual machine.