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WDDM and XPDM graphics driver support with WDDM and XPDM graphics driver support with ESX, ESXi, Workstation and Fusion (1016770)

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The WDDM driver, which is included with VMware Tools, only works with hardware version (HW) 7 and above. The WDDM driver does not work with older hardware versions and does not run if installed. The minimum size of VRAM for the WDDM driver is 8MB. For optimum performance, VMware recommends 32MB if possible, but it is not necessary.

These tables list support for WDDM and XPDM drivers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista Guest Operating Systems (GOS) running on ESX, ESXi, Workstation and Fusion.

ESX 4.x, ESXi 5.0, ESXi 5.1

Windows GOS on ESX 4.x, ESXi 5.0, 5.1WDDM driver
requires minimum of HW v. 7
XPDM driver
requires minimum of HW v. 4
Windows 7 / 8 / Server 2012Supported and installed by default Not supported
Windows Server 2008 R2 *Supported but not installed by default Not supported
Windows Server 2008 Supported but not installed by default Installed by default
Windows Vista Supported but not installed by default Installed by default

* Unless there is an explicit requirement for enhanced graphics, the preferred driver for Windows Server 2008 R2 is the Microsoft-provided VESA driver.

Workstation 7.x and later, Fusion 3.x and later.

Windows GOS on Workstation 7.x and later, Fusion 3.x and laterWDDM driver
requires minimum HW v. 7
XPDM driver
requires minimum of HW v. 4
Windows 7 / 8 / Server 2012Supported and installed by default Not supported
Windows Server 2008 R2 Supported and installed by default Not supported
Windows Server 2008 Supported and installed by default Supported but not installed by default
Windows Vista Supported and installed by default Supported but not installed by default


Solution

Requirements for supporting the WDDM driver on ESX 4.x, ESXi 5.x, Workstation 7.x and above, and Fusion 3.x and above:

  • At least 8 MB of video RAM (32MB is recommend for best performance).
  • Hardware version 7 minimum.

Requirements for supporting the XPDM driver on ESX 4.x, ESXi 5.x, Workstation 7.x and above, and Fusion 3.x and above:

  • At least 4 MB of video RAM.
  • Hardware version 4, 6, or 7.
To install a WDDM or XPDM driver, go to Control Panel > Device Manager of the installed Windows operating system.
 
To locate the drivers, browse to C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\video_wddm\ on the hard disk.
 
For more detailed instructions, see the documentation that accompanies the operating system.

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incorrect-vm-hardware-version  outdated-drivers  vm-hardware-version  install-driver  video-drivers  video-ram  3D-graphics

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