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 10, 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
Changes in VMware Workstation Player 17.0:
- New Guest Operating System Support
- Microsoft Windows 11
- Microsoft Windows Server 2022
- RHEL 9
- Debian 11.x
- Ubuntu 22.04
New Virtual Trusted Platform Module 2.0
- Workstation Player now offers a virtual Trusted Platform Module (version 2.0) device to support Windows 11 and other operating systems that require a TPM.
Support for Encryption
- You can now encrypt a virtual machine to secure it from unauthorized use in Workstation Player.
New Full or Fast Encryption features
- You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encyption.
Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3
- Workstation Player now supports OpenGL 4.3 for the virtual machines.
Support for WDDM 1.2
- Workstation Player now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for the virtual machines.
Product Support Notices
- The option to map or mount a virtual disk to a drive on the host system is no longer available in Workstation Player.
- For the Fedora 64-bit guest operating system, you cannot specify the firmware
- When you try to create a virtual machine with Fedora 64-bit guest operating system, you do not get the option to choose between UEFI and BIOS firmware in the New Virtual Machine Wizard.
- USBarbitrator64.exe on the Host is crashing while searching Bluetooth devices inside the guest virtual machine
- When you try to add a Bluetooth device to a virtual machine, USBArbitrator.exe on the Host crashes, and the Bluetooth device fails to connect to the virtual machine.
- Cannot open multiple virtual machines at the same time
- If more than one virtual machine runs and shares a common VM directory, you cannot open more than one such virtual machine at the same time.
- Unclear images appear on the Microsoft Edge browser
- On a virtual machine with Windows guest operating system, unclear images appear on the Microsoft Edge browser.
- Security Issues
- OpenSSL has been updated to 1.1.1q.
- Python has been updated to 3.10.4.
- Libgcrypt has been updated to 1.10.0.
- zlib has been updated to 1.2.12.
- Expat has been updated to 2.4.9.
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