Error installing VMware vSphere 5 Client on Windows 8

Last week I was updating my work laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8 when I ran into an problem with the VMware vSphere 5 Client. This is the error “This product can only be installed on Windows XP SP2 and above”.

This is how I solved this error.

  1. Right-Click VMware-viclient.exe, choose “Properties”
  2. On the “Compatibility” tab, check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose “Windows 7″ from the list. Click “Ok”
  3. Run the VMware-viclient installer as you normally would.

Now the installer starts and the Client can be installed. Problem solved.

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Marco works for ViaData as a Senior Technical Consultant. He has over 15 years experience as a system engineer and consultant, specialized in virtualization. VMware VCP4, VCP5-DC & VCP5-DT. VMware vExpert 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016. Microsoft MCSE & MCITP Enterprise Administrator. Veeam VMSP, VMTSP & VMCE.