[v14.1.0] VMware Workstation Player – Fast and simplified edition of VMware Workstation Pro

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When a virtual machine solution is mentioned, most of use probably think of the celebrated VMware Workstation (which always stays ahead of the VirtualBox from Germany on performance and compatibility). Compared with VMware Workstation Pro, VMware Workstation Player (AKA: Player Pro, VMware Player for short) is more lightweight in both file size and function (can be seen as the simplified edition of VMware Workstation Pro), runs faster, and is free and more suitable for personal, home or non-commercial use.

At first, VMware Workstation Player only existed as the “player” of the virtual machine files generated by VMware Workstation. That means, it could just open and run a ready-made virtual operating system file created by VMware Workstation, and was not capable of creating or installing its own virtual machine OS. As a result, it has not been of great use value. Fortunately, its new version already started to support “create a virtual machine” function, which makes its practical value get a sharp rise!

In fact, VMware Workstation Player is exactly the same as VMware Workstation Pro on performance, just relatively speaking, its comes with less advanced features (but that has been enough to use for most common users). For example, it does not support snapshot, does not support the deployment of some virtual applications, does not support grouping multiple virtual machines into one network. But in return, it gets clearer UI, smaller file size, less system resource consumption and authorization for free. And best of all, many preserved basic functions are inhenced, such as support of external storage devices, as well as support of user network and multiple virtual machine file formats (including the virtual machine files created by VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Fusion Professional and VMware vSphere). Anyway, until now, it still seems to be much better than the free and open-source VirtualBox on performance and usability.

// Supported Virtual Machine File Types //

VMware Workstation PlayerVMware Workstation Pro
  • VMware configuration files (*.vmx, *.vmtm)
  • Microsoft Virtual PC files (*.vmc)
  • Open Virtual Machine Format files (*.ovf, *.ova)

// System Requirements //

  • Windows 64-bit
  • Linux 64-bit

// Edition Statement //

AppNee provides the VMware Workstation Player Commercial Edition unlocked file (vmwarebase.dll) for Windows 32-bit & 64-bit (maybe it also works for Linux).

// License Information //

ExpirationNo expiration
NotesThis product is licensed for commercial use.

// Installation Notes //

  1. Download and install VMware Workstation Player free edition from official site
  2. Enter installation directory (like: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player), rename ‘vmwarebase.dll‘ to ‘vmwarebase1.dll
  3. Copy the unlocked file ‘vmwarebase.dll‘ to installation directory
  4. Start VMware Workstation Player, register with any fake license keys, like “11111-11111-11111-11111-11111
  5. Done, enjoy!

// Prompts //

  • VMware Player can not install alongside VMware Workstation. To install VMware Player, you have to uninstall VMware Workstation first.

// Related Links //

// Download URLs //

Free EditionLatestfor Windows Fast Link Pagefor Linux Fast Link Page
Commercial Edition Unlocked File
Commercial Editionv14.0.0