Solved VMware Workstation Pro Free for Personal Use


OAT: Thanks for your reply; that's the setting I was using but no luck. I did some Googling and found this on Reddit:


  • On the windows 11 host go to "Sound settings" > Under "Advanced" click "More sound settings" > ("Sound" will open up) Click the "Recording" tab > Right-Click "Stereo Mix" and click Enable.

This actually fixed the problem (though I'm running Windows 10). Go figure.

Thanks for your help; appreciated!!!

Rob
Glad you solved it Rob.
I have never had this issue but it is now a good thing to know.
Thanks.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
It is also a good idea to make sure vmware tools is installed and up to date. Workstation pro now has an option that lets you have it update automatically which is nice.
However i don't think, that is working ok on linux, at least not for me.
For linux systems i use the open vmware tools.

apt-get update
apt-get install open-vm-tools

Then shutdown button/reboot etc will work from workstation, and send in the clean shutdown commands, instead of acting like you press a power button and it direcly shutsdown. Also other features from vmware workstation will work propperly. Like passtrough service restart from script on host etc, instead of doing it inside the vm itself.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
I cannot comment on Windows's performance on Hyper-V because I no longer use Windows on any physical disk. Performance on
qeMU/KVM is very good, and on VMware, 17.5 is acceptable.

The real problem with the Broadcom takeover of VMware is the move to subscription updates/ I figure MS will also move Windows 12 to that model. Why else is there no public testing of Windows 12 and the minor improvements to Windows 11?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Silverblue Rawhide, Mangaro 2024, Ubuntu 24.10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 8-Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte
    Memory
    64GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell
    Hard Drives
    3 ssd 2 spinners configured as raid 0
    Keyboard
    Eluktronics
    Mouse
    Eluktronics
    Browser
    Firefox and Chromium
    Other Info
    Gnome 45
I cannot comment on Windows's performance on Hyper-V because I no longer use Windows on any physical disk. Performance on
qeMU/KVM is very good, and on VMware, 17.5 is acceptable.

The real problem with the Broadcom takeover of VMware is the move to subscription updates/ I figure MS will also move Windows 12 to that model. Why else is there no public testing of Windows 12 and the minor improvements to Windows 11?
Before the Broadcom takeover we had these options:
  • VMware Workstation Player - Free for personal use
  • VMware Workstation Pro - Paid commercial version
Now after the takeover we have VMware Workstation Pro being offered as free for personal use. So far that is a positive for us personal users. Nobody knows what will happen in the future.

Windows 12 was always a rumor with nothing officially confirmed. The consensus now is that Windows 11 24H2 is what was once considered Windows 12. How can one publicly test Windows 12 when nobody has said it officially exists? I am not sure but I think anyone can sign up for the Windows Insider Program. If you do you can test developer builds of Windows 11 24H2 right now.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS TUF Gaming A15 (2022)
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 6800H with Radeon 680M GPU (486MB RAM)
    Memory
    Crucial DDR5-4800 (2400MHz) 32GB (2 x 16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop (6GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    n/a
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6-inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 300Hz
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 980 (1TB M.2 NVME SSD)
    PSU
    n/a
    Mouse
    Wireless Mouse M510
    Internet Speed
    1200Mbps/250Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME X370-PRO
    Memory
    G.SKILL Flare X 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-RTX3060TI-08G-V2-GAMING (RTX 3060-Ti, 8GB RAM)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S23A300B (23-in LED)
    Screen Resolution
    1080p 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    2TB XPG SX8200 Pro (M2. PCIe SSD) || 2TB Intel 660P (M2. PCIe SSD) ||
    PSU
    Corsair RM750x (750 watts)
    Case
    Cooler Master MasterCase 5
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 AIO water cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech K350 (wireless)
    Keyboard
    Logitech M510 (wireless)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps down / 200 Mbps up
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge, Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes (Premium)
    Other Info
    ASUS Blu-ray Burner BW-16D1HT (SATA) || Western Digital Elements 12TB USB 3.0 external hard drive used with Acronis True Image backup software || HP OfficeJet Pro 6975 Printer/Scanner

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