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How to Install VMware Tools on Windows 7

In this article, we will install VMware Tools on Windows 7 running on VMware Workstation virtual machine.

How to Install VMware Tools on Windows 7

How to Install VMware Tools on Windows 7

First, install Windows 7 on your Windows or Linux computer with VMware, and then follow the steps in this article to install Guest Tools on your VM.

After installing a Windows virtual machine using the VMware virtualization program on Windows and Linux operating systems, the first thing you should do is install VMware Tools.

VMware Tools provides a variety of functionality for virtual computers. For example, the following are the changes that will occur on the VM after installing VMware Tools on Microsoft Win7;

  • Guest machine graphics performance will increase.
  • You will be able to share files between the host and the Guest machine.
  • You will be able to copy and paste between host and Guest machine.
  • The time between the host and the Guest machine will be synchronized.
  • Better mouse functionality will increase between the host and the Guest machine.

How to Build VMware Tools on Win 7 Guest Machine

Virtual machine software are not installed automatically when installing a Windows 7 operating system on a VMware Guest machine. Therefore, you will need to setup VMware Guest software manually.

Follow the stages below to setup guest sofware on Microsoft Win7.

   Step 1

When you review the image below, you can understand if the VM program installed on the Windows 7 machine did not change the screen resolution.

Virtual Machine Full Screen Resolution Error

   Step 2

To automatically fix the screen resolution of the VM, you must click View / Fit Guest Now. However, this option is disabled because the Guest Tools is not installed.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 3

To setup Guest Tools in Win 7, click VM / Install VM Tools.

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 4

When the VM Tools image is automatically mounted on the system, open My Computer and double-click the drive to start the setup.

Starting VM Tools Setup

   Step 5

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

User Account Control

   Step 6

VM tools installation is starting …

Preparing VMware Tools for Installation

   Step 7

Preparing the installation …

Preparing Guest Tools for Installation

   Step 8

In the VM Tools Setup window, click Next.

VM Tools Setup

   Step 9

When installing VM program on a Windows Guest, select Complete. If you install all of the VM Tools, it means that you can run this VM on different VMware platforms in the future.

After selecting Complete, click Next to continue.

Choose Setup Type

   Step 10

When VM software is ready for setup, click Install.

Ready to Install VMware Tools

   Step 11

Wait while setting up VM software on a Win7 operating system.

Installing Video Driver

   Step 12

After the VM software installation is completed on the VM, click Finish.

Completed the VM Tools Setup Wizard

   Step 13

Restart your virtual computer for the changes to take effect. To do this, you can click Yes in the following window.

Restarting PC

   Step 14

When the Windows 7 virtual machine restarts, click on View / Fit Guest Now.

View / Fit Guest Now

   Step 15

As soon as you click Fit Guest Now, the screen resolution of the virtual machine will be changed as shown in the image below.

Fit Guest Now

   Step 16

You can now transfer files between your physical computer and the virtual machine!

Drag and Drop the File to Windows 7 VM

How to Setup Guest Software on Win 7 VM ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to setup VM Tools step by step on a Windows 7 Guest virtual machine running on VMware Workstation, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

Windows 7 VM Tools Setup Video

   Final Word

In this article, we have examined how to install VM Tools on Windows 7 operating system step by step. Installing VMware Tools on Win Guest machines is very important because it is useful for performance. Thanks for following us!

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