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Installing VMware Workstation on Windows 7

You may recall I previously posted on problems installing VMware Workstation 6.5 on Windows 7, this problem seems to have been resolved with the upcoming VMware Workstation 7 which adds support for Windows 7 as a guest and as a host.

You can download the Workstation 7 RC build here Release Build here and see the full features list, I can confirm it installed perfectly on my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 machine.

image (Screenshot from RC build, see above link for RTM build)

Some new features include official support for Windows 7 *with Aero support!* (shown below)


And best of all – it now provides "official support for ESX as a guest VM under Workstation (my previous posts on workarounds for Workstation 6.5  here)


As an aside I’m running Windows 7 on a machine with a 64-bit SSD hard drive, I’m hoping to make use of the linked clone functionality to save disk space as I often run VM’s which are built from a common base OS template (see this post here for more info on how I’ve managed linked images in the past)– performance so far has been great both for host and guest as I/O doesn’t get as bogged down as it does with traditional spindle based disks.

**UPDATE: ah, the perils of the scheduled post – as this article went live the final RTM build of Workstation 7 has been released, I’ve updated the links in this post**

5 responses to “Installing VMware Workstation on Windows 7

  1. flo November 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I installed VMware Workstation 7 32 bit on Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and whenever i activate VMnet1 or VMnet8 my network connection seems to be killed.
    ping and nslookup works without any problems but http-traffic is somehow blocked – strange…
    The NdisDeviceType-Hack doesn’t seem to work on Win7 either…
    Any hints?

    best regards

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  3. flo November 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    reinstalling workstation twice solved my problem. but very strange…

  4. kos March 4, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Not sure if you will get this but I had the same issue. By the grace of the lord, he directed me to disable IPv6. Leave IPv4 enabled on the NICS and you will be fine.

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