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  1. Kevin Armstrong
    Kevin Armstrong at |

    Go here to download the WDK (Windows Driver Kit) for a variety of tools. DPInst is the tool we’re looking for.

    Here is a good article to quickly get started with using the software: http://blogs.technet.com/b/svengruenitz/archive/2008/07/02/driver-installation-and-updating-made-easy-dpinst-exe.aspx

  2. James
    James at |

    Great article. You might want to post something about the need to up the amount of memory the video card needs with this driver.

    Requirements for supporting the WDDM driver on ESX 4.x, Workstation 7.0, and Fusion 3.0:

    •More than 8 MB of video RAM (32MB is recommend for best performance)
    •Hardware version 7

  3. hale
    hale at |

    great article. but i am trouble getting the WDDM drivers installed or downloaded to the server.

    I have:

    uninstalled tools.
    increased video memory to 35mb.
    installed tools again using custom and selected to download drives. Using the x64 install.
    downloaded the tools from http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/4.1/windows/x86_64/index.html
    redid the process again nothing – no video drive installed.
    i know to a point that the install of tools works because the mouse drivers change to vmware.

    server is 2008 R2 x64

    any help i’ll take


  4. hale
    hale at |


    I did check three times. i havethis folder C:Program FilesCommon FilesVMwareDrivers but no folder called wddm_video. i also did a search for wddm, nothing.

    1. Admin
      Admin at |

      You have to install the SVGA drivers when you install the VMWare tools, aftyer that you will have the wddm_video folder

  5. Jay Patel
    Jay Patel at |

    Can somone please just zip the folder up and post it for us somewhere. I have looked at a hundread installs of esx and cant find this wddm folder anywhere. all i see in the common vmwaredrivers directory is the video folder which does not work… please I’ve wasted ours on this and the mouse is driving me nuts

  6. business
    business at |

    Oracle VM provides a set of drivers Paravirtualized Drivers for Windows Guests XP 2003 2008 Vista 1.0.8 – 32bit 64bit on . When installing these drivers answer yes to all the questions about the drivers being uncertified. Because the paravirtual driver software has been installed Windows will now be able to actually install and load the drivers for the devices that OVM has made available to Windows.

  7. Michael
    Michael at |

    Thanks, Excellent article, helped me to get a couple of 2008 R2 up and running on our old ESX-platform, without freezing any further.
    Fun thing though, my mouse dissapeared, viusally, right click shows menu’s on desktop, but I still can’t see the mouse it self 🙂
    Well no big issues in it, those machines are only for test and I get the mouse, when I using RDP.

  8. mattpenner
    mattpenner at |

    Thanks for the great help! We’re setting up our Cisco UCS and our consultant couldn’t remember the exact path of the video driver. A quick Google search to your site and we had the info. 🙂

  9. Tuomas R
    Tuomas R at |

    Awesome article and tip! Made my Windows 7 stable on ESXi 4.0

  10. John
    John at |

    Hi there!

    Probably a stupib question….
    Can I install the drivers in the top(wddm) in a simple win7 machine which currently shows “typical VGA driver”?

    Thank you


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