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VMware View Client 4.6 vs Windows 8

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    VMware View Client 4.6 vs Windows 8

    I recently purchased a new machine that I will also be using to monitor the network for my employers. The organization has a hybrid of zero-clients and thick-clients on one domain connected by a WAN. For executives and physicians, I have given them the instructions for downloading/installing VMware on their machines in order for them to handle urgent work issues while away (e.g. vacation). Thus far, all such machines have been Windows 7.

    My new machine has Windows 8. It is an HP Envy dv6t Quad Laptop purchased from It features:
    • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3630QM CPU @ 2.4 GHz
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 64-bit OS

    I went to the same URL on our server I directed others to and downloaded 64-bit View Client with Local Mode (VMware View Portal 4.6). The download seemed to have arrived fine, and nearly installs fine, but at the last moment announces "Rolling back action" in the install box. The images below relate the sequence just mentioned.

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    I have tried: 1) deleted the download and trying again, and 2) removing all fire walls on my machine and home wi-fi network. Those measures achieved the same result. At first, I concluded it was "a Windows 8 thing" and was content to wait for a some Windows patch or VMware update. Since then (1 week ago), I have noticed plenty of people in forums discussing their use of VMware on Windows 8 machines.

    Definitely stuck and in need of help/recommendations.

    Perplexed Pete

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  2. #2

    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64

    Hello Peter, welcome to the forums.

    That's a good machine there.

    First off all, the file you need must be a 64bit one.

    A possibility still remains: Win8 is not compatible with older VMWare products (here is the case as well unless log-files were produced and the error is not compatibility related). You can try compatibility mode (right click on the installer) - Win7 but I recommend VMware View 5 or 5.1 or VMWare (Horizon) View 5.2 or just try to see if one of those versions work.

    General link:

    Clients installers link:

    Make sure you install a 64bit installer as the OS is x64. If Win8 is Pro make sure Hyper-V is disabled from the Windows Feature list (see Programs and Features in Control Panel).

    Once again if you prefer the older version, 4.6, try to run it in compatibility mode Windows 7 and see any possible log-files for errors, somewhere in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp and/or %appdata%. Those are links you can check in File Explorer.

    If windows is installed on the C: drive, as usual, check C:\ProgramData\VMware for any logs and settings related to VMWare programs.
    A newer version might fix it and in that case you don't need to dig through log-files. Replace C: with the respective letter if the System is on another drive letter.

    Good luck.
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  3. #3

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    To add to what Hopachi said above, Hyper-V must be completely uninstalled / disabled if you want to use VMware on a Windows 8 machine. At least the VMware Player simply refuses to install if Hyper-V is enabled.

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  4. #4

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    My understanding is that you need VMware view Client release 5.2 -- I think your release won't work on Windows 8.

    Note also Kari's remark -- you must ensure that HYPER-V on W8 is completely disabled -- but you should get a warning if it's installed.

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  5. #5

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Thanks, everyone, for the replies. I'm stuck waiting on the decision-making process to accept the proposal to update VMware.
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