Category: Windows Desktop

Installing VMware Workstation Pro 14

VMware Workstation Pro 14 is a 64-bit Type 2 Hypervisor that is available for Linux and Windows.

As a Type 2 Hypervisor, Workstation Pro runs as an application on top of a full Operating System like Windows 10 or Ubuntu Desktop and claims compute and hardware resources from the parent OS, then allocates those resources to the VMs you create. Continue reading

NET 3.5 in Windows 10 while offline

I was recently working on a Windows 10 Desktop with an isolated network, when the need to install the VMware vSphere Client for Windows arose. Of course, the vSphere Client requires .NET Framework 3.5, and Windows 10 presents special challenges to those of us who are forced to work without a connection to the Internet.

Here’s how to accomplish the installation offline, provided you have the installation media, or a copy of the SxS folder from the media.

I copied the x64\sources\sxs\ folder from the media (actually a usb) to C:\sxs on the VM before I ran the command, but there is no reason these steps wouldn’t apply to any windows 10 system, using any type of media.

Once I had the sxs folder on the root of C:\, I ran the command:

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /all /source:C:\sxs

NET Framework offline installation in Windows 10

and the whole installation took about 30 seconds!