Windows 11 update has offered a VMware network driver update, but it now is showing an error after I tried to install it. When I look in update history it shows as installed, but it remains in the main update list, now with an error symbol. Additionally the network card still shows that an older driver is installed. Any suggestion on what to do?
This is the update; VMware, Inc. - Net - 220.127.116.11 (20)
Installed is VMware, Inc. - Net - 18.104.22.168
Windows Update message says "Attention Needed!" If I press Retry it try and fails repeatedly.
Windows finally includes an error code with the message, Install error - 0x80070103.
I have only seen drivers offered this way a couple of times, but it isn't the first time. I just checked and it still won't properly install and load. I reinstalled the VMware tools set on 18 Nov after installing Fusion 13, there is as far as I know no new version of tools to apply.
VMware has integrated to Windows Updates now. Arguably you will only see this if you are not on the current version of VMTools. Given that VMware products only update tools with new product versions, but the VMware drivers to Windows Updates is in "real time" this is something we are going to see on and off going forward.
I've run the 12.1.0 version of VMware Tools on a Windows x64 VM on an Intel Mac with the Tech Preview. It worked fine. As far as I'm concerned, don't update it.
I subscribe to the old "yankee" (that's the New England area of the US) proverb: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
12.1.0 is the most recent version of the tools, and is now the default in Fusion 13. That said VMware will slip updates via Windows Update and I can never find release notes on them etc so it kind of up to you if you want to take them or not. I will observe its a bad idea if you are running an older vision of Windows as I had a case where the host was ESX 5.5 and the SVGA driver from Windows Update broke the VM.