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Installing VMware Tools in a Windows virtual machine (1018377)
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:
- Ensure that your Windows virtual machine is powered on.
- Log in to the virtual machine as a user with Administrative privileges.
- When the desktop is loaded, click VM in the virtual machine menu, then click Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools and click OK.
- Navigate to CD in the Windows Explorer and double-click setup.exe or setup64.exe to begin the wizard.
- Follow the prompts in the wizard to complete the VMware Tools installation. Choose the Typical installation option.
- 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=
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
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=
In vCenter Server 5.1 or later, the Advanced field is:
/S /v"/qn REBOOT=R"
- Windows guest operating systems generally require a reboot in order 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 in order 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.
For translated versions of this article, see:
- Troubleshooting SVGA drivers installed with VMware Tools on Windows 7 and Windows 2008 running on ESXi/ESX 4.x/5.x (1011709)
- WDDM and XPDM graphics driver support with WDDM and XPDM graphics driver support with ESX, ESXi, Workstation and Fusion (1016770)
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