- Run any virtual machine. Run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server. VMware Player also supports Microsoft virtual machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery disk formats.
- Access host PC devices. Use host CD/DVD drives, network adapters, and plug-and-play USB devices.
- Copy and paste. Copy text and files between the virtual machine and the host PC.
- Drag and drop. Drag and drop files between a Windows host PC and a Windows virtual machine.
- Multiple networking options. Virtual machines can share or obtain new IP addresses or be isolated from the network and host.
- 32- and 64-bit host and guest operating system support. Run a wide variety of virtual machines containing 32- and 64-bit operating systems simultaneously on the same physical PC. Compatible 64-bit guest operating systems include select Microsoft Windows, Red Hat, SUSE, and FreeBSD distributions.
- Adjustable memory. Tune virtual machine memory for optimal performance.
- Configurable shutdown. Power down or suspend the virtual machine when closing VMware Player.
- Integrated Google Search. VMware Player includes Google search capabilities, fully integrated for conveniently searching the web without launching a browser.
Windows 10 Creators Update support
VMware Workstation Player provides the following support for Windows 10 Creators Update:
- Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a virtual machine
- Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a host operating system
- Windows 10 Creators Update Auto Detect and Easy Install
- Unity support for Windows 10
New Guest operating systems support
Support has been added for the following operating systems:
- Ubuntu 17.04
- Fedora 26
- CentOS 7.4
- RHEL 7.4
- Debian 9.1
- Oracle Linux 7.4
- SLE 12 SP3
- OpenSUSE 42.3
New CPU enablement
- Intel Skylake and AMD Ryzen CPU support is enabled.
Virtual NVMe support
- Workstation 14 Player introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller. NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 / ESXi 6.5 compatibility and later.
- Workstation 14 Player introduces Secure Boot support for Virtual Machines to ensure only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS "handoff" process.
Network Latency simulation
- With new Network Latency Simulation feature, you can simulate a specific network environment along with existing network speed and packet loss simulator.
Native OVF support
- With improved OVF/OVA support, Workstation Player provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing and experimentation within Workstation. VCSA6.0 and 6.5 are supported.
New GTK+ 3 based UI for Linux
- Linux Workstation Player UI has been rewritten to support GTK+ 3.
The following issues might occur in this version of VMware Workstation Player.
- "The VMware Tools power-on script did not run successfully in this virtual machine" error prompts out when power on a VCSA6.0 appliance
- Power on an imported VCSA6.0 appliance within Workstation Pro, following error message will prompt out:"The VMware Tools power-on script did not run successfully in this virtual machine"
- Workaround: Click "OK" button to ignore the error message.
- USB devices on some of the 3.1 xhci controllers are not available for passthrough on windows hosts
- USB devices connected to some USB 3.1 controllers are not listed under “VM > Removable Devices”, hence the device cannot be pass-through to the virtual machine.
- Workaround: None.
- Windows 10 Insider Preview virtual machine may become black screen after exit Unity or multimonitor
- When you have more than 1 monitors connecting to your host, Windows 10 Insider Preview VM may become black screen under following scenarios:
- Enter Unity mode and then Exit Unity mode
- Switch to multimonitor mode, then switch back to 1 monitor
- Workaround: You can switch back to Unity mode or original multimonitor mode to get VM’s display normal.