W10 1903 and VM Workstation Professional 12.5. When not to apply update.

rwheeler23
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How does Windows update know not to load W10 1903? I have VM Ware Workstation 12.5 on several workstations. When I run Check for Updates it stops at 1809 with an option to download and install 1903 and now 1909. I know there is an issue with VM Ware Workstation and W10 1903. I do have VM Ware Workstation 15.2 happily running under W10 1903. What is Microsoft doing differently with updates from 1809 to 1903 and 1909? Are these consider major updates like when we went from W7 to W10? How does it know not to apply 1903 when VM Ware Workstation is present? Is this actually built into the update code? Is it now safe to apply 1903 with VM Ware Workstation 12.5 or should I upgrade all the computers to VM Ware Workstation 15.2? The images I have built do not need W 2019 Server which is why they have not been upgraded.
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Commented:
We have discussed this in another question let me find it I uninstall and Update and all was working well again

Found it have read of the entire thread

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29159424/Problem-installing-VMWare-Workstation-Pro-on-Windows-10.html#a42970299

Just to add if you have licenses for Workstation 15.5 I would upgrade because 12.5 is never going to be fixed because of Windoze updates and it’s unsupported on 1903 etc
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

Commented:
Windows has never automatically deployed new build versions. They are essentially new versions of Windows, just like going from 7 to 8 to 8.1, the new build numbers are new OS, not just patches. Windows Update is not detecting VMware Workstation and blocking the download.

It is possible that Microsoft will block the installation of the newer build due to compatibility issues, but that only happens after you start the installation process.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
My experience is it downloads the new OS update a breaks VMware Workstation from running!

However if you update using the Windows Updater tool it scans your PC and halts and then states VMware Workstation is not compatible please uninstall before applying update!

So Microsoft knows VMware Workstation is not compatible

But although you can uninstall Workstation apply and update Windows reinstalling Workstation results in cannot run please contact Vendor
rwheeler23President

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My apologies. Suddenly replies from Experts-Exchange are now being block in my emails. Thanks for the tips here, they are mist helpful.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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I've had great success with removing he offending Update!

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