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vSphere Client Won't Install on Windows 8.1

I am running Windows 8.1 and cannot install the vSphere client regardless of compatibility mode.  Are there any known issues with this?
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There are issues with older version of the client.

Are you installing the 5.5 client?
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great point - it appears I downloaded from my VM environment an older 4.x version of the client.  Where should I get the most current / compatible version?
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Point your browser to the ESXi IP on http://<esxi-ip> and you will get a link to download the vsphere client pertaining to your esxi version.
Abhilash - that is what I've been doing.  That client is older and doesn't work.
Andrew,  I can use a browser to load the inventory.  In the past with 4.x I was using a client I installed on my local system.  Has this changed in version 5 or can I use a "fat" client on my local system to manage the infrastructure?
In VMware vSphere 5.x, there is now a VMware vSphere Web Client, which will replace the VMware vSphere Client over time (possibly).

There is an issue with some builds of the VMware vSphere Client and Windows 8.x.

What Build Number are you using ?
Windows 8.1 Enterprise - No build number listed
Andrew, sorry about that - I assumed you meant Windows build number.  On the vSphere side.  If I attempt to install the client I downloaded I see 5.0
The only other thing I can offer is my 8.1 system is also running VMware Workstation for a lab environment.  I am not trying to install the client from within the VMware Workstation environment, only on Windows 8.1.
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Sorry - it's unclear to me where to get this...
You should be able to download this from VMware, if you select the correct download.
Well - I downloaded and installed the 5.5 client.  The installation went well and when trying to authenticate I was prompted it need to go to my environment to update the client side files which I accepted.  It is now prompting as before "This product can only be installed on Windows XP SP2 and above."
OK so after reinstalling using compatibility mode it works fine.
Actually it launches but when I try to console to a VM I get this message "The VMRC has disconnected...attempting to reconnect"
Can you reboot the machine once and try?