Step by Step – Install VMware Workstation Player 15 in Windows 10



In this blog post, I will show you how to install VMware Workstation Player 15 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.

Vmware Workstation Player formally known as Vmware Player is a Virtualization software used to run multiple virtual machines on the same hardware. Its available for both Windows and Linux based operating systems. It runs on 64 bit operating system, which means that if you have 32 bit operating system, you will not be able to use it.

Earlier, VMware Player was distinct from VMware Workstation. But now they have been merged. That is to say, VMware Player is now available as VMware Workstation Player which shares the same core as the VMware Workstation. The only difference is that, VMware Workstation provides all the features, where as VMware Workstation Player is a stripped down version of VMware Workstation pro and does not have all the features.

But the good part is that VMware Player is free and provides enough functionality for Home and non commercial users. It provides enough features to be able to run a virtual machine on a home computer.

VMware Workstation Player is not a commercially supported application. That is VMware does not provide support for it. But there are sufficient help available online. Once you start using it, you will see that the way you use it similar to VMware Workstation pro .

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 15

Lets get the process Started.

Step 1 – Run the installer

Start the installer by double clicking it. You might see User Account Control Warning. Click Yes to continue.

VMware Player 15 - Installation - User Account Control Warning

VMware Player 15 – Installation – User Account Control Warning


Then, you will see a splash screen. It will prepare the system for installation and then the installation wizard opens.

VMware Player 15 Installation - Initial Splash Screen

VMware Player 15 Installation – Initial Splash Screen

VMware Player 15 Installation - Setup Wizard

VMware Player 15 Installation – Setup Wizard


Click next and accept the license terms and click next again to move on to the next screen.
VMware Player 15 Installation - End User Agreement

VMware Player 15 Installation – End User Agreement

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 15 Installation - Custom Setup - Enhanced Keyboard Driver

VMware Player 15 Installation – Custom Setup – Enhanced Keyboard Driver

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 15 Installation - User Experience Settings

VMware Player 15 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 15 Installation - Shortcuts

VMware Player 15 Installation – Shortcuts

Step 5 – Ready to install

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

VMware Player 15 Installation - Ready to Install

VMware Player 15 Installation – Ready to Install


Installation begins, wait for it to complete.

VMware Player 15 Installation - Installation in Progress

VMware Player 15 Installation – Installation in Progress

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

VMware Player 15 Installation - Installation Complete

VMware Player 15 Installation – 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 15 Installation - Reboot Required

VMware Player 15 Installation – Reboot Required

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 15 for for free for non commercial use.

Click continue.

VMware Player 15 Installation - License

VMware Player 15 Installation – License

Click on Finish.

Now you will see VMware Workstation Player 15 ready to be used for free for non-commercial purpose.

VMware Player 15 - Home Screen

VMware Player 15 – Home Screen

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