When installing Vmware Workstation from version 16 or higher, when you install some OS like:

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2, Server 2012 will give the following error that cannot install VMware tools:

Even though I have selected Install this driver anyway, the error is still there.


Vmware but can’t install Vmware tools, it’s considered abandoned haha… Just kidding, this is not a Vmware bug, but Mr. Microsoft himself has upgraded OS security to SHA1, SHA2 algorithm in 2019. So Vmware asks you to update the OS Windows 7, 2008R, 2012 patch before you install Vmware Tools.


Download for Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2:

  • Information about SHA2 can be found here
  • Download KB4474419  here or download automatically, and patch KB4490628
  • Note that Windows 7 must update SP1

Download cho Windows Server 2012R2:

  • Information about SHA2 can be found here
  • Download KB2919355 here or download automatically
  • Note that Windows 2012 must install .NET 3.5 with roles and featue.


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