How to Fix macOS Catalina Screen Resolution on VMware

Install Vmware Tools on macOS Catalina

After you’ve accomplished with a least tricky installation of Catalina on VMware, and maybe do a few fixes to proceed with the installation, there’s some more still remaining. But don’t worry, this one won’t be difficult, take my word. When you install an operating system, you’ll probably need some configurations to do. The configuration between an operating system and operating system on an actual computer might be a little different, but it’s never difficult as installing. For instance, if you’ve installed Windows now, you’d probably try installing drivers first, or maybe download updates which include drivers from their manufactures. These are the important part of the operating system to work even if you don’t use usually. With those features, you’ll go through the ultimate experience of the operating system.

While VMware provides a smooth experience on a virtual machine but that’s not the end of it. In order to enhance the performance and provide the handy features, VMware offers its pretty solid VMware Tools which fixes most of the problems on operating system on virtual machine. This useful tool is integrated in VMware without you need to download. This tiny tool includes a couple of things such as, sound, network, graphics, speed, drag and drop and more.

In terms of macOS, whether macOS Catalina or Mojave, however, even it doesn’t support installing macOS on VMware, it still provides its super-useful VMware Tools. As great as VMware is, the VMware Tools takes the experience of an operating system on virtual machine to the next level. No operating system is complete without its features, that includes sound, screen resolution and more. This will probably surprise you when you’ll see the full-screen resolution after you’ve installed. In this tutorial, I’ll explain and show you how to install VMware Tools on macOS Catalina. This is really useful when you’ve newly installed macOS Catalina and wish to work with it.

Step One: Start VMware Tools From VMware

Since the VMware Tools is already in VMware, we’ll only need to start it up.

In order to install VMware Tools, open VMware Workstation Player and select the macOS Catalina virtual machine. Click on Power on this virtual machine.

Power on This Virtual Machine

Power on This Virtual Machine

Once the machine boots, sign into and from the menu, click on VM > Install VMware Tools.

VM - Install VMware Tools

VM – Install VMware Tools

The VMware Tools window will pop up, double-click on Install VMware Tools. When you’re asked for permission, click Allow.

Install VMware Tools

Install VMware Tools

Step Two: Install VMware Tools on macOS Catalina

On the wizard that appears, Continue with the introduction.

Install VMware Tools Wizard

Install VMware Tools Wizard

This window specifies the installation for all the users, click Continue.

Installation Type

Installation Type

The installation process will begin with your permission, enter your credential and let it install.

Credential

Credential

The installation won’t take long, it will be no more than five minutes the most.

Installing Vmware Tools

Installing Vmware Tools

Step Three: Allow VMware Tools From System Preferences

When it’s done, you’ll see the System Extension Blocked, click on Open Security Preferences.

System Extension Blocked

System Extension Blocked

Next, in order to make changes, you’ll need to enter your password, then click Unlock.

Authenticate

Authenticate

The important part but easy is to Allow the extension from VMware which is blocked.

Security & Privacy

Security & Privacy

Step Four: Reboot Your Mac

For making this change, you’ll be prompted to reboot, click on Restart and wait until it completely boots up.

Restart

Restart

Now click Cancel.

Restart

Restart

Then click OK on the installer and click Restart. This will straightly reboot your Mac.

Restart Completely

Restart Completely

Step Six: Allow VMware Tools From System Preferences Again

When it’s up, you’ll likely see the unpleasant System Extension Blocked error again, click on Open Security Preferences.

System Extension Blocked

System Extension Blocked

It will take you to Security and Privacy where you should Allow again.

Security & Privacy

Security & Privacy

Step Seven: Reinstall VMware Tools

Now once again, start with VMware Tools and proceed with the installation from the beginning.

Reinstall VMware Tools

Reinstall VMware Tools

When you’re completely done, click on Restart.

Restart Completely

Restart Completely

After the restart, the VMware Tools will be installed successfully without an error. So you can take a taste of full-screen resolution which I like the most.

Install Vmware Tools on macOS Catalina

VMware Tools Installed

That’s all to it. If there’s something you’d like to let me know, I’m happy to know it.

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