Windows 10 howto install VMware vSphere client 5.1

By Andy Barnes

Neontribe uses VMware ESXI 5.1; however, we had issues installing the management client onto Windows 10.

The installation begins, but halfway through a popup window never appears and you can't continue. The task manager shows the hung process with a comment about contacting your system administrator.

We need to manually install some components before it will successfully install; specifically in this order:

To install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, use the Add or Remove Programs feature built into Windows:

  • Start -> search for "Control Panel" (The old style one)
  • Search for "programs" -> select "add or remove programs"
  • Select "turn Windows features on or off" and put a tick next to ".net framework 3.5"

Once you have added the .NET Framework you can manually install Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 x64.

You should now be able to install the VMware vSphere client 5.1 software.