How To Install VMware Tools On Windows 10
How To Install VMware Tools On Windows 10
May 02, 2020

VMware Tools is an optional set of drivers and utilities which is essential for optimal performance of the guest operating systems installed using the VMware Workstation Player. This tutorial provides the steps required to install VMware Tools on the Windows 10 guest operating system installed using VMware Workstation Player.

Without VMware Tools

The default installation of Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Player without VMware Tools is similar to Fig 1.

VMware Tools - Windows - Default Window

Fig 1

If we maximize the Window, the screen occupied by Windows 10 remains the same as shown in Fig 2 and the same applies in full-screen mode. Similar to the display, the guest operating system won't give an optimal performance without VMware Tools.

VMware Tools - Windows - Maximized Window

Fig 2

Install VMware Tools

In this step, we will install VMware Tools on Windows 10 installed as a guest operating system on VMware Workstation Player. Click Player -> Manage -> Install VMware Tools as highlighted in Fig 3.

VMware Tools - Windows - Mount DVD

Fig 3

It will mount the DVD and starts the installer. In case it does not start the installation, open the Window and double click the VMware Tools DVD to start installing VMware Tools on Windows 10.

VMware Tools - Windows - DVD

Fig 4

The system will ask for permission to continue the installation as shown in Fig 5.

VMware Tools - Windows - Permission

Fig 5

Allow the installer to continue the installation. It will show the Welcome Screen as shown in Fig 6.

VMware Tools - Windows - Install - Welcome

Fig 6

Now click the Next Button to configure the installation as shown in Fig 7.

VMware Tools - Windows - Install - Setup

Fig 7

We can either continue with the Typical Installation or further configure it by choosing the Custom Installation Option. I have kept the Typical Option selected and clicked the Next Button to confirm the installation as shown in Fig 8.

VMware Tools - Windows - Install - Setup

Fig 8

Now click the Install Button to start the installation. It will show the installation progress as shown in Fig 9.

VMware Tools - Windows - Install - Progress

Fig 9

It will show the success message after completing the installation as shown in Fig 10.

VMware Tools - Windows - Install - Finish

Fig 10

Click the Finish Button to close the installation. It will ask to restart the system as shown in Fig 11.

VMware Tools - Windows - Restart

Fig 11

Click the Yes Button to restart the system to apply the changes. This completes the installation of VMware Tools on Windows 10 installed as a guest operating system on VMware Workstation Player.

Now again maximize the window. Windows 10 should occupy the full area of the VMware Player Window as shown in Fig 12.

VMware Tools - Windows - Maximized Window

Fig 12

Summary

This tutorial provided all the steps required to install VMware Tools on Windows 10.

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