VMware Workstation Pro can't run on Windows


After a routine Cumulative Windows Update, VMware Workstation 14 no longer works. Following Windows Compatibility Assitant message pops up and VMware Workstation never opens.

VMware Workstation Pro can t run on Windows

VMware Workstation Pro can't run on Windows
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Compatibility Assitant


As the error message suggests, the issue is caused by Windows Compatibility Assitant blocking the WMware Workstation from running. Here is a workaround:

  • Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags
  • Create the following DWORD type key:
    • Value: {3d9912c3-cb54-4f34-ab71-1d429553bf96}
    • Data: 77 (Decimal)

Registry Editor > AppCompatFlags

Credit for this workaround goes to www.tenforums.com.

October 2019
Windows 10 Pro 1903
VMware Workstation Pro 14.1.7


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