VMware Player 3.0.0

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your computer. With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 7, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or to create virtual "sandboxes" to test pre-release software in. VMware Player can also be used to run a virtual copy of an old PC so that you can recycle the old machines you have under your desk or stored in the closet.

  • Run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single computer
  • Experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles
  • Share data between host computer and virtual machine
  • Run 32- and 64-bit virtual machines
  • Use 3rd-party pre-configured virtual machines and images
  • Share data between the host computer and virtual machine
  • Broad host and guest operating system support
  • Support for USB 2.0 devices
  • Gain easy access to virtual machines via an intuitive home page interface

Download: VMware Player 3.0.0
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Ok, found the catch.

They still don't include the VMware Tools it seems. So that means no acceleration or anything else with the virtual machines you create with the player.

The solution is to download VMware Server for Linux, extract the VMware Tools from that, and then use them with VMware Player. (They have file names like "windows.iso", "linux.iso", etc.)

Um, that's not even needed. You can install them through the VM menu "Install VMware Tools". It'll download the one your operating system needs and then install.

Xenomorph said,
They still don't include the VMware Tools it seems.


They don't include VMware Tools with the download (which is nice, it keeps the download small), however it is integrated into the software. It will prompt you to download the VMware Tools for your Guest OS when you start the OS. It will also prompt you to update to a newer version of VMware Tools if available and even automatically update it in the Guest OS (See Preferences).

So VMware Player lets you create virtual machines now?

I don't remember that in 1.x/2.x.

I'm guessing products like VirtualBox made them change their minds.

I tried it out the other day to see how it compared to VirtualBox. Was unable to import a ovf appliance that I'd exported from VB. Then when I tried to boot a VM it said it was unable to load the activation service. Turns out that with UAC enabled you have to run it as admin for it to access it's required services (activation etc). That's pretty poor for a program in 2009 where UAC is common. So first impressions are quite bad, I think I'll be sticking with VirtualBox.

protocol7 said,
I tried it out the other day to see how it compared to VirtualBox. Was unable to import a ovf appliance that I'd exported from VB. Then when I tried to boot a VM it said it was unable to load the activation service. Turns out that with UAC enabled you have to run it as admin for it to access it's required services (activation etc). That's pretty poor for a program in 2009 where UAC is common. So first impressions are quite bad, I think I'll be sticking with VirtualBox.

VmWare tramples the **** out of VB.

TokiToki said,
I've been running VMware Player 3.0 Final since it was released on Oct 27 and never had the UAC issue.

I followed a few tips online and it seems to be sorted now. Added the _vmware_user_ to the admin group and then stopped/restarted the service. Once that fixed it, I then removed the user from admin and it still works. Guess something flaked out during install. Also removed the user from the welcome screen. A bit more work than I'd expect from a "professional" product but at least now I can run it and see how it stacks up against VirtualBox.

VolksDude said,
You can create VMs with VMPlayer3...you cannot use snapshots...

Is this new?? Because you never could before.