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Cannot run VMware workstation 7 in 64 bit mode

I have run the 64 bit compatibility check and the message I got was “This host is capable of running a 64 bit guest operating system under this VMware product”

When installing VMware workstation 7, by default it installs in C:\Program Files(x86)\ and when running I see that it’s running in 32 bit mode because there is a “vmware.exe*32” under task manager.

When I create a new 64 bit virtual machine, it runs perfectly.

My only problem is that the program itself runs in 32 bit mode
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jakethecatukCommented:
don't worry about it.  VMWare Workstation is mearly a conduit through to the Virtualisation Technology built into the CPU and motherboard.

The fact that you are able to run a 64bit OS virtual machine tells you that it's working as it should.
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AJKBOCAuthor Commented:
VMware advertises 32 and 64 bit versions of VMware workstation 7. As far as I can tell mine is running in 32 bit. Even if I can create 64 bit virtual machines, the host computer is running VMware workstation as a 32 bit application. I’m no expert, but I think this is a problem.
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jakethecatukCommented:
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/wkst_701_win/ZGolYmRqQHdiZGR0Kg==

WMWare state 'Operating System Support Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit' - it doesn't state that there are seperate downloads for 32bit or 64bot OS's.

The fact that it's running 32bit is nothing to worry about - trust me.
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jakethecatukCommented:
Also, when you start up your 64bit VM, you will see a new process fire up called 'vmware-vmx.exe' and this is a 64bit process which will be what your VM is running inside.
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AJKBOCAuthor Commented:
No that I don't trust you, but I haven't found anything documented that would indicate that VMware workstation will run in 32 bit, and not in 64 bit. The link you provide states that the executable includes both 32 and 64 bit versions. So one would expect it to be installed as an 64 bit application instead of a 32 bit application, since it's being installed on an 64 bit operating system.
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jakethecatukCommented:
As I have said already, it is a mixed install on Windows with the important bits (vmware-vmx.exe and drivers) being 64bit and other bits (the GUI) being 32 bit.

If you are still in doubt, then you may want to open a ticket with VMWare Support and get them to clarify the situation.

Please see this post on the VMWare site - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1468219#1468219
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