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Windows 8 – How to install the vSphere Client 5.0 Update1a


If you’re considering a machine with Windows 8, you may notice that the installer for VMware vSphere client 5.01a (latest release) complains that it can only be installed on “Windows XP SP2 or higher” and quits. For now, here’s the work-around I used:

  1. Windows8 vSphere Client Compatibility Settings

    Windows8 vSphere Client 5.01a Compatibility Settings

    Use 7-zip to open the ~350MB executable and extract the contents

  2. In Windows 8, run dotnetfx35.exe – it will prompt you to download and install .NET 2.0. I let it download and install the files it needed.
  3. Next, run vjredist64.exe (Assuming Windows 8 x64)
  4. Right-Click VMware-viclient.exe, choose “Properties”
  5. On the “Compatibility” tab, check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose “Windows 7” from the list. Click “Ok”
  6. Run the VMware-viclient installer as you normally would.
  1. Vittorio
    11/05/2012 at 7:42 am

    The console that you use to control the VM is not working, The error is : The VMRC console has disconnected…attempting to reconnect.
    Someone who has fixed this problem under Win8 ?

    Thanks, Vittorio.

  2. 11/05/2012 at 2:27 pm

    When using the vSphere Client 5.1.0-860230, I’m not getting this message in Win8. You may need to upgrade to that build, but will still have to enable Win7 compatibility. Good luck!

  3. Ken Cline
    11/30/2012 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks! Appreciate the guide. Made it quick & easy to install 🙂

  4. Jojo
    12/04/2012 at 1:03 pm

    Right-click on a guest VM, there are no options available. ???

  5. Mark
    12/17/2012 at 11:14 am

    On my Windows 8 x64 running in windows 7 compat mode installed but when trying to connect with the v5 client, it would continually hang saying “connecting”. I uninstalled it then installed in xpsp3 mode and now it is connecting fine.

  6. Hiroshi
    06/03/2013 at 2:57 am

    In case of v5 client up none, Dose anyone know ??

  7. Shafay Latif
    07/25/2013 at 4:07 am

    Use vSphere 5.1 U2 client

  8. bill gates
    01/15/2014 at 12:54 pm

    worked like a charm, thanks man!

  9. Grae Hunter
    02/18/2014 at 5:00 pm

    Worked a treat – thanks for this

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