How to Install VMware Tools on Windows XP

In this article, we will examine how to enable VMware Tools on Windows XP installed on the VMware Workstation virtualization program on Windows 10.

How to Install VMware Tools on Windows XP

How to Setup VMware Tools on Windows XP Virtual Machine

You need to install VMware Tools on a Microsoft Win XP VM that you have installed on VMware Workstation. The main reasons for installing VMware Tools in Microsoft WinXP are;

  • You can achieve better mouse mobility between the Guest machine and the host.
  • You can install Guest machine drivers.
  • You can use the Guest machine in full-screen mode.
  • You can exchange files between the host and the Guest machine.
  • You can use the Guest machine more efficiently.

After installing a Windows or Linux operating system with VMware software, the first thing you should do is setup VM Tools. With the help of this software, you can use the items mentioned above.

In the previous article, we installed VMware Tools on Windows 7 operating system. In this article, we will setup VM Tools on Windows XP running on Workstation software.

How to Setup Guest Tools in Windows XP

If you have not installed WinXP with VM Workstation before, you can click here to browse our related article. Now, you can follow the steps below to build guest software on Windows XP Guest step by step.

   Step 1

Before you install Microsoft WinXP Tools, you can check if the Win VM is not in full screen.

Virtual Machine Full Screen Resolution Error

   Step 2

To use the virtual machine in full-screen mode, you must setup VM Tools. To setup the guest Tools, click VM / Install VMware Tools.

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 3

Preparing for installation of VMware Tools …

Preparing VMware Tools for Installation

   Step 4

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

Choose Setup Type

   Step 5

Click Install to start virtual machine additional software setup in Windows XP.

VMware Tools Setup

   Step 6

Wait while virtual machine software is loading. This process will be completed shortly.

Installing Graphics Driver

   Step 7

After setting up virtual machine software, click Finish.

Finish VM Tools Setup

   Step 8

Click Yes to restart your WinXP virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

Restarting PC

   Step 9

Click View / Fit Guest Now to enable the Full Screen mode after the virtual machine restarts.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 10

When you review the image below, you can see that the WinXP virtual machine is now running in full screen mode.

Windows XP Full Screen

   Step 11

You can also share files with the drag-and-drop method between your WinXP virtual machine and your Host.

Drag and Drop the File to Virtual Machine

VM Software Setup ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to install VM Tools in the WinXP virtual machine on VM Workstation step by step, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

WinXP VM Tools Setup Video

   Final Word

In this article, we’ve viewed step-by-step how to install VM software on Win XP Professional running on VM Workstation. And finally, we have checked the drag and drop functionality. Thanks for following us!

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