Software Update: VMware Workstation Pro 16.2.0

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VMware has released version 16.2 of its virtualization software Workstation Pro. With this program it is possible to create one or more virtual computers on which a large number of different operating systems can be installed. That way they can be used side by side, as opposed to a dual boot setup, which requires choosing one OS or the other. VMware Workstation is available for Windows and Linux, and licenses start at about 220 euros. Version 16.2 includes several bug fixes and security improvements, and added support for the Vulkan renderer under Linux.

What’s New

  • This release contains security updates and bug fixes.
  • Vulkan Renderer Support for Intel, AMD, and Nvidia GPUs on Linux
    Workstation 16.2.0 Pro supports Vulkan renderer on a Linux host with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD GPUs. Vulkan renderer provides support for Direct3D 11 (and earlier) and OpenGL 4.1 (and earlier) in the guest.
    The Vulkan renderer support is limited to the following GPUs:
    • Intel Skylake and later GPUs (for example, Kaby Lake and Ice Lake)
    • AMD RDNA/NAVI14 and later GPUs (for example, the Radeon RX/Pro 5300 and 5500 series)
      Note: Presently, for AMD GPUs, use the AMDVLK driver. You can download the AMDVLK driver from here
    • Nvidia Turing and later GPUs (for example, the RTX series)
      Note: For pre-Turing GPUs, Workstation will use the legacy OpenGL renderer.

Important Fixes

This release of VMware Workstation Pro addresses the following issue:

  • Implemented clipboard-related security improvements

Product Support Notices

  • The shared virtual machine feature is no longer supported from Workstation 16.2.0 Pro.

Version number 16.2.0 build 18760230
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, Windows 11
Website VMware
License type Paid
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