An Engineers Notebook

VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows

This issue occurred around June 2019 for older versions of VMWare Player and Workstation Pro. The reason for the issue is that Microsoft blocked the older versions. Well done Mr Gates.

Fortunatly, there is a way around this. 

Download the Microsoft ADK from here:

Download the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1903

Install, and ensure you check the first tool in the installer “Compatibility Tools”.

Once installed, launch the “Compatibility Administrator”.

Under System Database > Applications > VMWare Workstation Pro

Right-click the .exe entries and disable them.

You’re Welcome!


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