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.

See Installing and Configuring VMware Tools for complete information on installing, upgrading, and configuring VMware Tools.

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 configure Workstation to automatically download software updates, including new versions of VMware Tools. When automatic software updates are enabled, Workstation always includes the latest support for guest operating systems and virtual machines always have the latest version of VMware Tools.

You can configure virtual machines that have Windows or Linux guest operating systems to update VMware Tools automatically. For other guest operating systems, you must manually update VMware Tools.

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

One of the executables used by VMware Tools in Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD guest operating systems is the VMware User process. 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.