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.

10 thoughts on “Windows 8 – How to install the vSphere Client 5.0 Update1a”

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

  4. 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.

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