VMware Player Plus Product FAQs

VMware Player Plus enables users to easily create and run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player Plus can also run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Fusion Professional, and VMware vSphere.

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VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use. If you would like to learn about Virtual Machines or use them at home you are welcome to use VMware Player for Free. Students and Faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.

VMware Player installs like a standard desktop application. Once installed, VMware Player runs virtual machines in a separate window. VMware Player includes features that enable users to create and configure their own virtual machines for optimal performance and access any devices connected to their PC.

The licensed version of VMware Player is called VMware Player Plus. VMware Player Plus and VMware Player are the same download, but entering a license key entitles the users to additional benefits: VMware Player Plus is designed to be used commercially. It is licensed for use by employees, training organizations, contractors and can be transferred to partners or potential customers. VMware Player Plus supports restricted virtual Machines created by VMware Fusion Professional or VMware Workstation. VMware Player Plus better supports mass deployments to thousands of users including installation options and custom configuration settings to run unattended installs using system configuration software and hide unwanted features. Per-incident support offerings are available to VMware Player Plus customers.

VMware Player Plus enables you to quickly and easily create and run virtual machines. The VMware Player user interface is designed to be as easy to use as possible. It is intended for people who need to run virtual machines, typically provided to them by their IT organization, system administrator, instructor, software supplier etc. VMware Workstation is much more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots, cloning, remote connections to vSphere, sharing VMs, advanced Virtual Machines settings and much more. Workstation is designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, systems engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, etc.

Use VMware Player to create, run, evaluate, and share software running in virtual machines: Create: Use VMware Player to create virtual machines with the latest 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems. With Easy Install it’s easier than installing them directly on your PC. Run: VMware Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player makes it quick and easy to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines. Evaluate: VMware Player is ideal for safely evaluating software distributed as a virtual appliance. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run enterprise software applications packaged along with an operating system in a virtual machine. With VMware Player, anyone can quickly and easily experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles.


Yes, if you purchase a VMware Player 6 Plus or VMware Fusion 6 Professional license. This feature is activated in the licensed version of VMware Player 6 Plus.


VMware Player Plus Purchasing & Licensing FAQs

Yes. The price of VMware Player Plus includes an update service that entitles you to product updates and patches, which are new releases of Player Plus within a given product version (e.g. x.1, and x.1.1, and so forth). Updates are available in electronic format only—not physical media. VMware Player Plus will automatically download updates or you may download updates by visiting the Player Plus Download Page. NOTE: The price of Player Plus entitles a customer to free updates, but not free upgrades. Upgrade releases contain functional enhancements or significant extensions and must be purchased separately unless you have an active support and subscription (SnS) contract.

For a more detailed definition, please read the Update and Upgrade Policy. >>

Yes. You can switch between Windows and Linux versions of VMware Player Plus using the same license key. If you decide to switch host operating systems, you must uninstall Player Plus from the host operating system you no longer plan to use. If you plan to run VMware Player Plus on both a Linux and Windows host at the same time, you need to purchase two licenses.

Yes, you can commercially use the copy of VMware Player Plus that comes with VMware Workstation. It must be run on the same machine VMware Workstation is installed on.

No. VMware Player is not designed to co-install with other VMware products. If an installation of VMware Workstation or VMware Server is detected on a machine where VMware Player is being installed, the VMware Player installation will display an error message and abort. However, if you purchase and install VMware Workstation a version of VMware Player that will work is included.


VMware Player Plus Support FAQs

VMware will provide you with limited web-based installation support for VMware Player Plus for a period of thirty (30) days after the date of registration and with the \"VMware Complimentary Update Service\" for a period of eighteen (18) months from the date of general availability of the software.

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