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VMWare Workstation 17.0 Player Now Supports Windows 11 and Server 2022

VMWare has rolled out new versions of its virtualization tools. The free VMWare Workstation 17.0 Player and the paid VMWare Workstation 17.0 Pro are now available for various operating systems.

The key additions in these updates include official compatibility with Microsoft’s Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022, as well as support for TPM 2.0. This means users can now create virtual machines running Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022 using VMWare directly.

Earlier, Oracle included Windows 11 support in VirtualBox 7.0.0, making both VM solutions officially compatible with Windows 11 in their latest versions.

The release notes for Workstation 17.0 Player are already accessible, while Workstation 17.0 Pro customers can find the notes here.

VMWare Workstation 17.0 Player now supports five new guest operating systems: Microsoft Windows 11, Windows Server 2022, Ubuntu 22.04, Debian 11.x, and RHEL 9. It also offers virtual Trusted Platform Module support, enabling full compatibility with TPM 2.0 required by operating systems like Windows 11.

In addition to the Windows 11 compatibility, the latest release of VMWare Workstation 17.0 Player introduces various improvements, including:

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  • An option to launch a local virtual machine automatically at host machine startup.
  • Encryption support with full and fast options.
  • Enhanced support for OpenGL 4.3, requiring guest OS with Windows 7 or higher, Linux with Mesa 22.0.0, and Linux kernel 5.16.0.
  • Updates to several libraries like OpenSSL, Python, zlib, and Libgcrypt to address security vulnerabilities in prior versions.

VMWare Workstation 17.0 Pro not only includes all Player version features but also adds WDDM 1.2 support.

The developers have resolved various issues from earlier releases. The Pro version now allows users to run multiple virtual machines sharing the same common VM directory. For a complete list of bug fixes and known issues, refer to the release notes.

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