VMware Tools Windows installation

You can use both vSphere Client and vSphere Web Client to install VMware Tools into a virtual machine running Windows. Here are the steps to install VMware Tools into Windows 7 running as a guest OS in a VM using vSphere Web Client:

1. Connect to a vCenter Server. Go to Home > Hosts And Clusters or Home > VMs And Templates to locate the virtual machine you would like to install VMware Tools into. Right-click the VM in the inventory tree and select Open Console:

vm open console

2. Log into the guest OS.

3. Back in vSphere Web Client, right-click the virtual machine and select All vCenter Actions > Guest OS > Install VMware Tools.

vm install vmware tools

4. Click Mount to mount the VMware Tools ISO:

vm install vmware tools mount

5. Back in the virtual machine console, click Run setup64.exe if the AutoPlay dialog box appears. If the AutoPlay dialog box does not appear, open Windows Explorer and double-click the CD/DVD drive icon. The AutoPlay dialog box should then appear:

vmware tools autoplay

6. Click Next on the Welcome to the installation wizard for VMware Tools page:

vmware tools installation windows

7. Select the appropriate setup type for the VMware Tools installation, and click Next. The Typical installation option will suffice for most situations. The Complete installation option installs all available features, while the Custom installation option lets you choose which features to install:

vmware tools installation type

8. Click Install to begin the installation:

vmware tools installation start

9. After the installation is complete, click Finish:

vmware tools installation finish

10. Click Yes to restart the VM immediately, or click No and restart the VM later:

vmware tools installation restart vm

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