How to Install VMware Tools on Windows 8.1

In this article, we will examine step by step how to configure VMware Tools on Win 8.1 virtual machine running on VMware virtualization software.

Installing VMware Tools on Windows 8 VM

How to Setup VMware Tools on Windows 8.1 Virtual Machine

After installing VMware Tools, you can transfer files between the virtual machine and the host computer using the copy-and-paste method. You can also use the guest OS in full-screen mode and get more functional mouse mobility.

If you have previously installed Windows 8.1 using VMware on a guest machine, you now need to follow the relevant steps here.


After you install Windows 8.1, you must install the required tools. If you want to use it for better performance, you must install additional packages.

Follow the steps below to set it up on Win8.1 step by step.

Step 1

After the clean installation of Windows 8.1 on VMware, you will see that it is not in full screen. This is because the machine’s additional software is not installed.

Virtual Machine Full Screen Problem

Step 2

You can change the display resolution of your machine by viewing/fitting the guest now. However, when you review the image below, you will see that Fit Guest Now is disabled. Once you have installed it, you will be able to see this option actively.

View / Fit Guest Now

Step 3

To install the required drivers on Windows 8 or 8.1, click VM / Install VMware Tools.

VM / Install VMware Tools

Step 4

After the image file is mounted on the system, click Run setup64.exe.

Run setup64.exe

Step 5

Click Yes to continue the installation in the User Account Control window.

User Account Control

Step 6

Wait while the wizard configures the virtual hardware drivers.

Preparing VMware Tools for Installation

Step 7

Click Next in the setup wizard.

VMware Tools Setup

Step 8

Select Complete in the Choose Setup Type window and click Next to continue the installation.

Selecting a Installation Type

Step 9

Click Install to start installing guest computer software.

Starting Setup

Step 10

Wait while setting up the video driver.

Installing Video Driver

Step 11

As soon as the wizard installs the drivers for the guest operating system, click Finish.

Virtual Machine Tools Installation Complete

Step 12

Restart your virtual computer for the changes to take effect.

Restarting Virtual Machine

Step 13

After restarting it, click View / Fit Guest Now to change the screen resolution.

View / Fit Guest Now

Step 14

You can now use the virtual PC in full resolution!

Virtual Machine Full Screen Problem Fixed

Step 15

You can also share files with the drag-and-drop feature between your host computer and your guest machine.

File Transfer Between Host and Guest


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