VMWare: Installing VMware vSphere Client 4.x on Windows 8

Installing VMware vSphere Client 4.x on Windows 8

When installing VMWare vSphere Client 4.1 to manage VMWare ESX, you observe the following error:

Windows 8.1 Error






“This product can only be installed on Windows XP SP2 and above.”

Although Windows 8 is obviously above XP SP2, it would seem that Windows 8 wasn’t about when vSphere Client 4.1 or 5.0 was released. In order to work around this you simply need to do the following:

1. Extract the content from the installation file to a folder of your choice. Using 7zip, you can right click the executable file, go to 7Zip, and choose Extract to folder name.

2. Go to the extracted folder, bin sub-folder, right click VMware-viclient.exe and choose Properties. Go to Compatibility tab, and check the option “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and pick Windows 7 from the list:

Window2s 7 Compatibility Mode















3. click OK to save the setting, and launch VMware-viclient.exe to start the installation again.

Note: If you are running vSphere 5.x you can download the newly released client which supports Windows 8 without the workaround above.

The link above also contains direct download links for all released vSphere clients.

10 Replies to “VMWare: Installing VMware vSphere Client 4.x on Windows 8”

    1. @Kenneth – That’s strange – are you sure you selected Windows 7 and clicked OK to save the setting? Also make sure you are changing the properties of the VMware-viclient.exe file itself and not a shortcut to it.

  1. HI Every one ,

    we have a Vcenter server 4.1 and when i am trying to install vsphere client on my windows 10 machine it was installed after changing compatibility settings but when i am trying to connect to the server it was throwing an erro r SSL/TSL connection error please help me on this -Thanks in advance

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