VMware Player 7.0 Release Notes

VMware Player 7.0 | 01 December 2014

Last updated: 01 DEC 2014

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These release notes include the following topics.

What's New

This release of VMware Player adds the following new features and support.

  • New Operating System Support
    Support has been added for the following guest operating systems:

    • Windows 8.1 Update
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows 10 Technical Preview (Experimental support)
    • Ubuntu 14.10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
    • CentOS 7
    • OpenSUSE 13.2
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

  • VMware Hardware Version 11
    Hardware versions introduce new virtual hardware functionality and new features while enabling VMware to run legacy operating systems in virtual machines. New features included in this hardware version:

    • New CPU enablement, including Intel Haswell microarchitecture extension support.

      VMware Player 7 is optimized to take advantage of new Haswell extensions, delivering up to 45% improvement in CPU-intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests.

    • Updated xHCI controller
    • Updated NDIS drive

  • Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine

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Known Issues

  • Using certain Microsoft Office 2013 applications in a Windows 7 or later guest operating system can cause the guest to crash or the Workstation UI to become unresponsive.
    For example, if you use Outlook 2013 to compose and read email, after a while, the guest might crash, or after you use Word 2013 for a while, the Workstation UI might stop responding.

    Workaround: Turn off the 3D acceleration feature. From the menu bar, select VM > Settings > Display, and deselect "Accelerate 3D Graphics."

  • Using a USB headset with a Windows 8 or later guest operating system does not work.
    Because most USB headsets expect a USB 2.0 controller, whereas Windows 8 and later guest operating systems use a USB 3.0 controller by default, you will not be able to use USB headsets with Windows 8 or later guests.

    Workaround: Change the USB controller of the guest from USB 3.0 to USB 2.0.

  • Using the Easy Install feature with a virtual machine that uses EFI will fail if the disk size is larger than 2TB.
    If you attempt to select a hard disk larger than 2TB, you see the following error message: "The specified virtual disk size is incompatible with Easy Install and may prevent the guest from booting properly. The disk must be smaller than 2 TB to use Easy Install."

    Workarounds: Either choose a hard disk whose size is equal to or smaller than 2TB, or install the guest operating system manually.