VMware Player

VMware Player

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    220,371
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 29, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    572
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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A virtual machine can be a very handy tool to have, as it lets users run multiple operating systems on one computer. Do you have to run Windows for work but prefer Linux for pleasure? Not a problem! A virtual machine can give you the best of both worlds, and VMware Player is one very easy way to set it up.

The program is plain and intuitive, with a wizard design that walks you through each step of the virtual machine creation process. The opening menu lets you select whether you want to create a new virtual machine, open an existing virtual machine, upgrade to VMware Workstation, or view the program's HTML Help file. We chose to create a new virtual machine, and the program asked us to choose whether we were using an installation disk, using a disk image, or installing the operating system later. You can select whether you're installing Windows, Linux, Novell NetWare, Sun Solaris, or another operating system, and choose the correct version from a drop-down menu. You are then asked to choose a name and location for the virtual machine and to set its maximum size. Click Finish and the program goes to work creating your virtual machine. VMware Player is very easy to use, even for novices, and the HTML Help file is well-written and thorough. The program may not be as full-featured as some other virtual machine applications, but it should meet the needs of most users, especially those who don't want to have to purchase software.

VMware Player installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"The Best Hands Down!"

September 03, 2011  |  By popeye1128

 |  Version: VMware Player 3.1.4

Pros

It is very easy to setup. It has 3D video acceleration and you can go full screen very easily. With my Win7 64 host I am able to move the cursor from host to quest quite fluidly, I don't have to use the keystrokes to switch, it just does it.

Cons

All VM's have some kind of flaw. This one uses a lot of horsepower if trying to run 3D games but if you have at least a 2.1ghz dual processor you should be OK.

Summary

I can now run XP on my Win7 64 bit laptop. Not a fan of dual boot personally, this works for me.
Better than Windows VPC and VirtualBox in my opinion, I tried them too.

Updated on Sep 3, 2011

After considering this one against the competition, I should have given it five stars. My bad.
Oh, it's also free for personal use. Be sure to download the tools, it updates the video and other things.

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5 stars

"Best virtual machine maker."

July 22, 2011  |  By Tietken

 |  Version: VMware Player 3.1.4

Pros

Supports 3D games.
Easy to set up.

Cons

Wont install 32bit drivers in my virtual 32bit xp machine (I have win7 64bit).

Summary

Its better than virtualbox and windows virtual pc.
I wanted something like this for my old games which only can run in xp.

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5 stars

"Jaw-dropping"

July 15, 2011  |  By weebles

 |  Version: VMware Player 3.1.4

Pros

Extraordinary ease of use.

Cons

None so far

Summary

I had specialized scanner software and a legacy digital voice recorder that would not run on my new computer under Windows 7 64 bit (came with the computer). Installed VMware Player, then Windows XP Home 32 bit. I expected a sophisticated operation like this would be difficult, but it was drop-dead simple. The toughest part was doing all the updates to Windows. The scanner and DVR software work perfectly.

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5 stars

"Life Saver!!"

June 29, 2011  |  By godivarides

 |  Version: VMware Player 3.1.4

Pros

Easy install, easy run, works like a charm - GREAT customer service ESPECIALLY for a FREE product!!!!

Cons

Laptops have a different keyboard than desk tops and I entered an incorrect email address ... no place to EDIT it ... called the company and they were GREAT!!

Summary

System crashed, 1 hd had all info, 2nd registers zero, all software worked on XP, but Win7 is the new kid. I couldn't run programs that MY files or 15 years of work was located in. After being told to move on, I persisted in searching .... obviously MANY others felt the same. Finally found HowToGeek and they listed, the very precise, step by step process to set up the VMware player ... absolutely beautiful, everything works well including setting up a shared folder system for both systems. Life Saver! Thanks VMware for a great FREE product that works as it says and your excellent customer service!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher VMware
Publisher web site http://www.vmware.com/
Release Date March 29, 2011
Date Added March 29, 2011
Version 3.1.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 220,371
Downloads Last Week 572
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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