The latest update for Windows 10, edition 1709 Fall Creators Update, has modified a security component of virtualization built into the Microsoft operating system (Hyper-V) and prevents the VMware Workstation Pro / Player software from starting.

This problem affects all versions of VMware Workstation (12, 14), whether paying (Pro) or free (Player). This is not a bug in Windows, but it is caused by the modification of a feature built into the OS (HyperV virtualization), incompatible with the VMware virtualization application. This tutorial is based on this VMware KB . to be able to use VMware Workstation software again with the latest version of Windows 10 .


VMware Workstation Pro / Player error message

“VMware Workstation and Device / Credential Guard are not compatible. VMware Workstation can be run after disabling Device / Credential Guard. ”


Resolve the problem between Windows 10 and VMware Workstation

  1. Execute the ” gpedit.msc  ” command  (Windows + R key) to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  2. Unroll: Computer Configuration , Administrative Template , System , Device Guard :

(Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, Device Guard)

3. Double-click on the ”  Enable virtualization-based security  ” setting and change the value to Disabled .

(Turn on Virtualization Based Security to Disabled on Windows English)

  1. Confirm with OK .

  2. Open a new Execute command (Windows key + R) and type ”  optionalfeatures  ” before confirming.

6. Uncheck the ”  Hyper-V  ” line:

  1. Confirm with OK and restart the computer.

  2. After restarting Windows, the VMs hosted in VMware Workstation Pro or Player must work again.


It still does not work ?

If the virtual machines still do not boot or a blue screen (BSOD) appears, VMware recommends that you add this procedure to remove the EFI variables.

  1. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator .

  2. Execute these commands (where X: is an unused letter, if not define another one):

mountvol X: / s 
copy% WINDIR% \ System32 \ SecConfig.efi X: \ EFI \ Microsoft \ Boot \ SecConfig.efi / Y 
bcdedit / create {0cb3b571-2f2e-4343-a879-d86a476d7215} / d “DebugTool” / application osloader 
bcdedit / set {0cb3b571-2f2e-4343-a879-d86a476d7215} path “\ EFI \ Microsoft \ Boot \ SecConfig.efi” 
bcdedit / set {bootmgr} bootsequence {0cb3b571-2f2e-4343-a879-d86a476d7215} 
bcdedit / set { 0cb3b571-2f2e-4343-a879-d86a476d7215} loadoptions DISABLE-LSA-ISO, DISABLE-VBS 
bcdedit / set {0cb3b571-2f2e-4343-a879-d86a476d7215} device partition = X: 
mountvol X: / d

3. Restart the host computer.

  1. Accept disabling Device Guard or Credential Guard at the start screen.