VMware issues patches for Workstation Pro and Player to address the issue with the unsupported CPU in Windows 11.

Workstation Pro and Workstation Player (free virtualization software) have received a small update from VMware that includes security patches and bug fixes. Customers will be happy to know that the most recent version of VMware Workstation Pro and Player finally fixes the fault causing the “unsupported CPU” message while installing Windows 11 or Windows Server 2022, even though security fixes in version 16.2.5 are unlikely to please consumers.

For VMware Workstation Pro and Workstation Player 16.2.5, the whole changelog is shown below:

  • This patch fixes CVE-2022-31705. See VMSA-2022-0033 for more details on this vulnerability and how it affects VMware products.
  • Microsoft Windows 11 or Windows Server 2022 cannot be installed on a virtual computer. The error message “unsupported CPU” could appear if you attempt to install Microsoft Windows 11 or Windows Server 2022 on a virtual machine and the installation fails. This problem has now been fixed.

Full release notes are available in the official VMware documentation here (Workstation Pro) and here, along with download links, system requirements, and previous releases (Workstation Player). You can run the official virtual machines provided by Microsoft that allow you to utilise Windows 11 for free until March 2023 using the upgraded virtualization software from VMware.

Christopher Woodill

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