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Installing VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine (1018377)

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This article provides steps to install VMware Tools in a Windows guest operating system. The article uses Windows 2008, but the same basic steps should apply to other versions of Windows.

Note: For an overview of VMware Tools, see Overview of VMware Tools (340). For general installation instructions, see General VMware Tools installation instructions (1014294).


To install VMware Tools in a Windows guest operating system:

  1. Ensure that your Windows virtual machine is powered on.
  2. Log in to the virtual machine as a user with Administrative privileges.
  3. When the desktop is loaded, click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
  4. Navigate to CD in the Windows Explorer and double-click setup.exe or setup64.exe to begin the wizard.
  5. Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the VMware Tools installation. Select the Typical installation option.
  6. When the VMware Tools installation has finished, restart the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

To perform a silent, non-GUI with suppressed reboot VMware Tools installation in a Windows guest operating system:

  • In ESXi 5.0.x and earlier versions, run this command:

    setup.exe /S /v"/qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress"

  • In ESXi 5.1 or later, run this command:

    setup.exe /S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"

    Note: The installer may indicate if a reboot is necessary by exiting with ERROR_SUCCESS_REBOOT_REQUIRED.

Alternatively, in vCenter Server, right-click a virtual machine, click Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, and enter this in the Advanced field:

/S /v"/qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress"

In vCenter Server 5.1 or later, the Advanced field is:

/S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"


  • Windows guest operating systems generally require a reboot to load updated drivers. The ability to suppress a reboot is intended to accommodate coordination with other guest OS patching maintenance periods. A reboot should be performed as soon as feasible to benefit from the updated VMware Tools drivers.
  • If your problem still exists after trying the steps in this article, file a support request with VMware Support and note this Knowledge Base article ID (1018377) in the problem description. For more information, see How to Submit a Support Request.

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Update History

03/17/2010 - Updated with command line installation 10/08/2012 - Added note to contact VMware Support if issue persists 10/17/2012 - Added links to 1016770 and 1011709 03/12/2015 - Added ESXi 6.0 to Products. 03/12/2015 - Added vCenter Server 6.0 to Products.

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