Install Vmware Tools Windows 3.11

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To access the VMware Tools Control Panel on Windows guest OS, you need to double-click the VMware Tools icon in the notification area which you can see in the Windows taskbar. When it comes to Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris guest OS, open a terminal window and run the command (/usr/bin/vmware-toolbox &) to launch the VMware Tools graphical UI.

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  1. A Windows 3.1 image. If you have an MSDN account, you can download a zip file with the installation files inside it, package them into an ISO image using Folder2Iso and mount the image. Installing Windows. DOS doesn’t support CDs right out of the box, so we’ll need a driver. I used oakcdrom.sys, a generic CD-ROM driver.
  2. In this post you can see how to install VMware Tools in Windows VM. VMware Tools is the Suit of Utilities that helps Guest OS in the VM to run Smoothly. VMware tools is the free set of utilities in one package called VMware tools for the Virtual Machines.

This article describes how to use VMware Tools on Windows VMs. For Linux VMs, see Installing and upgrading VMware Tools on Linux VMs.



VMware Tools provides many drivers specific to running your x86 VM operating system. Among others, VMware Tools provides the video driver that allows you to control your VM mouse cursor and the networking drivers required for VM network connectivity.

If you are having issues with the mouse cursor or connecting to the VM, make sure you are using the Skytap-supported version of VMware Tools. Newer versions of VMware Tools may not work with Skytap VMs.


  • Don’t install VMware Tools on Power (non-x86) VMs.
  • Skytap supports VMware Tools version 11.0.5 build 15389592 for Windows VMs and version 10.0.6 build 3560309 for legacy Linux VMs. These versions are available as an .ISO in the Skytap public assets library. They can also be downloaded from the VMware website. Using unsupported versions of VMware Tools may cause unexpected behavior in Skytap VMs.
  • Most modern major Linux distributions include open-vm-tools, an open-source product that generally works with Skytap. For more information, see github/vmware/open-vm-tools. If your VM has and problems with open-vm-tools (for example, if it doesn’t shut down correctly), follow the instructions below to install VMware tools.

Checking the VMware Tools version

To check which version of VMware Tools is installed on a Windows VM
  1. Locate the VMware Tools icon in the System Tray. Move the mouse pointer over the icon. The the message VMware Tools can be updated. displays, the VMware Tools installation is out of date.

    If the VMware Tools icon isn’t in the System Tray, VMware Tools isn’t installed.

  2. To check which version is installed, right-click the VMware Tools icon and select About VMware Tools. The About VMware Tools dialog displays information about the currently installed version.

Updating VMware Tools

To update your version of VMware Tools
  • Follow the procedures below for Installing VMware tools.

Installing VMware Tools

These instructions describe the process for installing VMware Tools on Windows Server 2012 R2. The steps for other versions of Windows may be different.

  1. Before editing the VM, create a template of it. Should any issues arise, you can restore your VM from this template.
  2. Navigate to the environment details page for the environment that contains the VM you want to update. Make sure that the VM is powered on and that you are logged in.
  3. On the tile for the VM you want to update, click (Load ISO).

  4. Click All.
  5. Select the ISO to install VMware Tools for Windows.

  6. Click (Load ISO).
  7. If the installer doesn’t auto-load in your VM, navigate to Computer and double-click the CD-ROM to start the installer.

    If you don’t have mouse control in the VM, use the Tab, Spacebar, Enter, and arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the UI.

  8. Follow the instructions for a complete install.

  9. After the installation is complete, reboot the VM.

  10. After the VM reboots, check for video driver updates.

    To check which driver the VM is using

    1. Right-click on Start, and then click Device Manager.
    2. Expand Display Adapters to see the current driver. If the driver listed is not VMware SVGA 3D follow the instructions below to update it. If the driver listed is the VMware SVGA 3D driver, make sure you are using the most recent version.

    To check the WDDM driver version

    1. Right-click the current driver, and click the Properties.
    2. Check the Driver Date on the Driver tab. Make sure to use the VMware SVGA 3D driver from 7/12/2016 (older versions do not provide as much video RAM).

    To update to the most recent VMware SVGA 3D driver version

    1. Right-click the current driver, and click Update Driver Software.
    2. Click Browse my computer and select C:Program FilesCommon FilesVMwareDriversvideo_wddm.

Uninstalling VMware Tools

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  1. Click Start > Control Panel.

    • If viewing by Category, select Uninstall a Program.
    • If viewing by Icons, select Programs and Features.
  2. From the Programs and Features window, select VMware Tools and then click Uninstall.

After you uninstall VMware Tools and reboot the machine, you must reinstall VMware Tools to restore mouse control.

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Troubleshooting “Setup can’t continue because a later version of this product is already installed” error

The most common error when you update VMware Tools is Setup cannot continue because a later version of this product is already installed.

This error usually occurs when a VM is imported to Skytap. To resolve this error:

  1. Uninstall the newer version of VMware Tools (see Uninstalling VMware Tools).
  2. Install the Skytap recommended version (see Installing VMware Tools).

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All supported Windows guest operating systems support VMware Tools.

Install the latest version of VMware Tools to enhance the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improve virtual machine management. When you power on a virtual machine, if a new version of VMware Tools is available, you see a notification in the status bar of the guest operating system.

For Windows 2000 and later, VMware Tools installs a virtual machine upgrade helper tool. This tool restores the network configuration if you upgrade from virtual hardware version 4 to version 7 or higher. In vSphere, virtual hardware version 4 corresponds to ESX/ESXi 3.5 compatibility. Virtual hardware version 7 corresponds to ESX/ESXi 4.x compatibility.

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  • Power on the virtual machine.
  • Verify that the guest operating system is running.
  • For vSphere virtual machines, to determine whether you have the latest version of VMware Tools, in the vSphere Client inventory, select the virtual machine and click the Summary tab.
  • For VMware Player, Fusion, and Workstation virtual machines, if you connected the virtual machine’s virtual CD/DVD drive to an ISO image file when you installed the operating system, change the setting so that the virtual CD/DVD drive is configured to autodetect a physical drive.

    The autodetect setting enables the virtual machine's first virtual CD/DVD drive to detect and connect to the VMware Tools ISO file for a VMware Tools installation. This ISO file looks like a physical CD to your guest operating system. Use the virtual machine settings editor to set the CD/DVD drive to autodetect a physical drive.

  • Log in as an administrator unless you are using an older Windows operating system. Any user can install VMware Tools in a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me guest operating system. For operating systems newer than these, you must log in as an administrator.
  • If you use vSphere and plan to install the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent driver, see the system requirements listed in the vShield Quick Start Guide. The vShield component is not installed by default. You must perform a custom installation and include that component.


  1. Select the menu command to mount the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.VMware Product
    Menu Command
    vSphere ClientInventory > Virtual Machine > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools
    vSphere Web Client Right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Guest OS > Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.
    1. To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.
    2. Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.
    FusionVirtual Machine > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools
    WorkstationVM > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools
    PlayerPlayer > Manage > Install (or Upgrade) VMware Tools
  2. If you are using vCenter Server and are performing an upgrade or reinstallation, in the Install/Upgrade VMware Tools dialog box, select Interactive Tools Installation or Interactive Tools Upgrade and click OK.
    The process starts by mounting the VMware Tools virtual disc on the guest operating system.
  3. If you are installing VMware Tools for the first time, click OK in the Install VMware Tools information screen.
    If autorun is enabled for the CD-ROM drive in the guest operating system, the VMware Tools installation wizard appears.
  4. If autorun is not enabled, to manually launch the wizard, click Start > Run and enter D:setup.exe, where D: is your first virtual CD-ROM drive.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    If you use vSphere, to install nondefault components, such as the vShield Endpoint Thin Agent driver, select the Custom setup.

  6. If the New Hardware wizard appears, go through the wizard and accept the defaults.
  7. If you are installing a beta or RC version of VMware Tools and you see a warning that a package or driver is not signed, click Install Anyway to complete the installation.
  8. When prompted, reboot the virtual machine.

If you are using vCenter Server, the VMware Tools label on the Summary tab changes to OK.

What to do next

(Recommended) If you upgraded VMware Tools as part of a vSphere upgrade, next determine whether to upgrade the virtual machines in your environment. To review and compare the hardware available for different compatibility levels, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.