[Fixed] VMware Workstation Pro Can’t Run on Windows Error

[Fixed] VMware Workstation Pro Can’t Run on Windows Error
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Sometimes when you try to launch VMware Workstation on Windows, you only received the following error message from Windows 10 compatibility assistant:

VMware Workstation Pro can’t run on Windows.
Check for an updated version of this app that runs on Windows.

VMware can't run on Windows

Learn what leads to this error and how to fix it.

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Why VMware workstation Pro Can’t Run on Windows

Most of the time, this error message appears when you have made a Windows update. If you are running Windows 10 version 1903, or May 2019 Update, you can go to Windows Update and check if you have one of the following update installed in the update history.

  • October 24, 2019: KB4522355 (OS Build 18362.449)
  • October 8, 2019: KB4517389 (OS Build 18362.418)
  • October 3, 2019: KB4524147 (OS Build 18362.388)
  • September 26, 2019: KB4517211 (OS Build 18362.387)

If you have one of these cumulative updates installed on your Windows 10 devices, trying to run VMware Workstation Pro will arouse the error generated by the Compatibility Assistant. Let’s see how we can remove this error to continue using VMware Workstation.

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Quick Fix VMware Can’t Run on Windows

Reasons behind VMware can’t run on Windows error is that Microsoft has recently removed VMware Workstation (versions prior to 15.1) from the Windows Application Compatibility database. Thus, VMware Workstation can’t run because it’s not considered as a compatible product.

Fortunately, we do have workarounds to get the VMware Workstation work properly.

  1. Dismiss the message.
  2. Rename the VMware executable file to bypass the block.
  3. Uninstall the above updates.

Here is how:

First of all, click the Dismiss option on the error window to continue using VMware Workstation Pro.

If this does not help, go to the file location of VMware Workstation, such as C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation, then find and rename the vmware.exe file to vmwarea.exe.

Now you can have a try to re-launch VMware Workstation Pro. If it doesn’t work correctly, reboot your device and run the application.

If both fixes makes no sense, revert the application name and uninstall the updates listed on the former part. Once done, restart your computer and then all should be normal.

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Let me know if this works for you or if you have any nice suggestion on this issue.