How to Install VMware Workstation Player 14 in Windows Operating System



In this blog post, I will show you how to install VMware Workstation Player 14 in Windows 10. If you want to install the previous version of VMware Workstation Player, which is Version 12, please follow my blog post Step by Step – Install VMware Workstation Player 12 in Windows 10.

About VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player is the limited capability free version of VMware Workstation Pro. That is, it is just as VMware Workstation Pro with lesser functionality. But what is available is enough for most of the home users.

How much does VMware Workstation Player cost

VMware Workstation player is available free of cost. Earlier it was not free, but I see that VMware has made it available for free for non Commercial users. For commercial usage, VMware Workstation Pro is more suitable.

Where is the Download link for VMware Workstation Player

This is the download page for all the VMware products. You will have to scroll down to VMware Player option to see the download link. From here you download any VMware Products. This link will always remain valid even when newer versions of the products are released.

VMware Download page

VMware Download page

This is the direct link to download VMware Player 14

Lets get the process Started.

Step 1 – Run the installer

Start the installer by double clicking it. This is the splash screen you will see. It will prepare the system for installation and then the installation wizard opens.

VMware Player 14 installation

VMware Player 14 installation

VMware Player 14 – Installation Wizard Screenshot

Click next and accept the license terms and click next again to move on to the next screen.

VMware Workstation Player 14 - Installation - End User Agreement Screenshot

VMware Workstation Player 14 – Installation – End User Agreement Screenshot

Step 2 – Custom setup – Enhanced Keyboard driver and Installation directory

In this dialog box, please select the folder in which you want to install the application. I leave it as it is. Also check the box Enhanced Keyboard Drivers option. Click next.

VMware Player 14 – Custom setup

Step 3 – User Experience Settings

Check the options for Check the product update at Startup and Join the VMware Customer Program. I normally leave it as it is. You can unchecked it if you so desire. Click next

VMware Player Installation - User Experience Settings

VMware Player Installation – User Experience Settings

Step 4 – Select where the shortcuts will be installed

Check the box where the shortcut to run the application will be created. I leave it as it is. Click on next.

VMware Player - Create Shortcuts

VMware Player – Create Shortcuts

Step 5 – Ready to install

Now the installation wizard is ready to install. Click on install to begin the installation.

VMware Player Installation - Ready to Install

VMware Player Installation – Ready to Install

Installation begins, wait for it to complete.

VMware Player Installation

VMware Player Installation

After sometime, you will see installation compete message. You are done.

VMware Player Installation Complete

VMware Player Installation Complete

Click on Finish to Complete the installation.

You will be asked to restart your system. Click on Yes to restart. Click No, if you want to restart later. But you must restart before using the application, else some features will not work properly.

VMware Player Installation - Restart System

VMware Player Installation – Restart System

Step 6 – License

Now Run the application. You should see a desktop icon. Douple click on that or use the start menu to navigate to VMware Player option.

Once you run the application for the first time, you will be asked for licence. Select the option Use VMware Workstation Player 14 for for free for non commercial use.

Click continue.

VMware Workstation Player - License

VMware Workstation Player – License

Click on Finish.

VMware Workstation Player 14

VMware Workstation Player 14

Now you will see VMware Workstation Player 14 ready to be used for free for non-commercial purpose.

VMware  Workstation Player 14

VMware Workstation Player 14

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