How to fix “VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows”

How to fix a problem with launching VMware Workstation on Windows 10

Many users encountered difficulties related to the VMware Workstation Pro after the Cumulative Update (September Windows Update). They have discovered that the installation of updates, in particular, KB4517211, has caused the failure of VMware Workstation software to start. The program fails to launch displaying the following message: “VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows”. Below in this guide, you will find several methods to fix “VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows” error.

fix error VMware Workstation Pro can't run on Windows

Automatic solution

Repairing system errors maybe not an easy task, so we should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to the automatic tool.

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Or you may use manual methods:


Solution 1:

This is the easiest way that can solve your problem. To do this, go to VMware Workstation location folder and rename the folder “vmplayer”. For example:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmplayer
to
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player\vmplayer1

Just that’s all


Solution 2

The second way is also quick and simple.

  1. Open the Start Menu, then type: regedit in the search box
  2. Right-click the result and then click Run as Administrator
  3. Go to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags] folder and apply the following:

    • "{3d9912c3-cb54-4f34-ab71-1d429553bf96}"=dword:00000077
    • "{66f21bbc-149a-411b-8e11-880af7c1266c}"=dword:00000077


Solution 3

If nothing works, try using Microsoft support article to fix update issues

As we stated before, you can follow the solutions provided by this guide at your own risk. In case if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to the automatic tool.

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