VMware Player Pro

VMware Player Pro

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  • Main Window
  • Virtual Machine Window
  • VMware Player running Ubuntu
  • VMware Player running Windows 7 64 bit
  • Operating system selection window
  • Main window
  • Settings
  • Linux running inside Windows 7
  • About

Editorial review

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Gabriel Terrazas Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 5.0
VMware Player allows you to create and run virtual machines under Windows easily. A virtual machine is an isolated emulated computer, capable of running its own operating system, plus having its own configuration and applications.
The virtual machine runs as an application on the primary (host) operating system, and it can be displayed as either a window, or full-screen.

In the past, VMware Player could only run virtual machines already created with VMware Workstation, however, the latest releases of VMware player also allow the user to create the virtual machines.

One of the greatest disadvantages of the fast-changing information technologies and operating systems, is that, when a new version of an operating system is released, many programs that ran well on the previous version do not work with the newest one. Fortunately, creating a virtual machine offers a solution for this problem.

Creating a Virtual Machine has many advantages for many users. Users of Windows 7/8 can create a virtual machine running Windows XP or Linux, and start the computer, install the specific software on the virtual computer, use the programs with all its features, and shut down the computer. All of this without the need of a reboot, or dealing with installing another operating system on another partition or hard drive.

With VMware Player, you have the option to install all versions of Microsoft Windows, many distributions of Linux, Sun Solaris, Novell Netware, and others. At the moment of the creation of the virtual machine, you will specify its hard disk size, the option to split the hard disk into multiple files, and the nature of these files either pre-allocated, or dynamic.

Once the guest operating system is installed, you have the option to install VMware Tools, which is a software package that allows for better performance of the virtual machine, as well as integration options between the virtual machine and the host machine, such as drag and drop to copy/move a file, clipboard sharing and unity mode (the ability to have a program that is being executed on the virtual machine as a window on the taskbar of the host machine).

WMware Tools is definitely a great solution for compatibility problems and software testing, where these and other situations need the environment of an isolated computer.


  • Creation and management of virtual machines can be done with ease.
  • The interface is simple and intuitive.
  • Supports Windows Aero features.


  • Lacks advanced features like snapshots and save states.

What's new in version 6.0

- It is introducing a commercial version of VMware Player called VMware Player 6 Plus.
- Installation Options
VMware Player installation has been enhanced with configuration settings to allow unattended installation of VMware Player using enterprise software configuration management tools. VMware Player now allows the EULA to be suppressed, a destination directory to be set, to opt out of the User Experience Improvement Program, Desktop and start menu shortcuts to not be created, the serial key to be passed automatically installed, the software update URL and a support contact URL to be configured.
- Simplified UI Mode
Many of our customers would like to create virtual machines and provide them to their employees and students without enabling them to create virtual machines or modify VMware Player settings. VMware Player 6 includes a Simplified UI mode that can be set to hide these menu items.
- Operating System Support
Support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 R2, Ubuntu 13.10 and the latest Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat and OpenSUSE releases.
- VMware Hardware Version 10
This version of VMware Player includes VMware hardware Version 10.
- Expiring Virtual Machines
VMware has enhanced the capabilities of Restricted Virtual Machines to include the ability to expire on a specified date and time. This capability enables our customers to create virtual machines to be shared with employees, students, customers, contractors etc. that will run until their contract terminates, demo runs out or course ends.

What's new in version 4.0

- Graphics performance and compatibility enhancements.
- Ubuntu 11.10 is officially supported as a guest operating system.
- Disk and memory management issues have been addressed.
- Many customer-reported issues have been resolved.

What's new in version 3.1

In version 3.1, VMware added support for some more Linux 32-bits and 64-bits distributions, improved graphics performance, automated updates and introduced the User Experience Improvement Program, among other more technical improvements.

What's new in version 3.0

- Virtual Machine with Easy Install — Create a virtual machine and install any supported guest operating system with Easy Install.
-New User Interface — Use the new user interface to create virtual machines and edit virtual machine settings.
-Windows 7 — Create and run Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines using VMware Workstation. VMware Workstation has been enhanced for performance and to take advantage of the new Windows 7 features including Live Thumbnails and Aero Peek.
-Aero Glass — A new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) graphics driver has been developed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 virtual machines. The WDDM driver can display the Windows Aero user interface, OpenGL 1.4, and Shader Model 3.0. For more information on the VMware recommended graphics hardware, see the VMware Workstation User's Manual.
- Windows XP Mode Compatible — Import a Windows XP Mode virtual machine using VMware Player 3.0 and run the virtual machine without being prompted to enter a Windows XP license key. VMware Player enables the Windows XP Mode virtual machine to take advantage of more than one processor, render high-end graphics, integrate seamlessly with Unity, and transfer files easily with drag and drop, and shared folders. VMware Player also has the ability to run concurrently with Windows XP Mode.
- 3D Graphics Improvements for Windows XP guests — OpenGL 2.1 and Shader Model 3.0 support is now available for Windows XP virtual machines. The XPDM (SVGAII) graphics driver works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, only Windows XP virtual machines install the XPDM graphics driver by default. To switch graphics drivers in the guest operating system, see How to Switch Between SVGAII and WDDM Drivers.
- Multiple-Monitor Display
- Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)
- Drag and Drop Enhancements
- On-Demand VMware Tools Download
- Virtual Printing
- VIX API for VMware Player

Publisher's description

VMware Player Pro is a streamlined desktop virtualization program designed for creating, running and evaluating operating systems and applications in a virtual machine on Windows. With VMware Player Pro, complete desktop environments including the operating system, applications and user configurations can be containerized in a virtual machine and easily shared.

This program can be found in the following suites:

VMware Workstation

State of the art desktop virtualization for Windows and Linux. 

Latest comments

  All comments (4)
  • 6
    Guest 4 years ago

    google earth is a good software

  • 0
    Sundaram 5 years ago

    This program is completely free from VMware Inc. This program is really good compared to the other FREE VIRTUAL players out in the market.

  • 0
    Skyrunner 5 years ago

    Great Usefull tool to Play other standards as Windows Virtual PC.

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