VMWare Workstation 8 comes with VMWare Player 4. VMWare website only has the free download of Player 3.
I've tried it. I don't like that you can't close out of apps without invoking the task manager. I get a little stuttering here and there with VMWare Player 4. I'm going to try to play with it a bit more for the next week or so.
I meant to say vmware fusion 4. Sorry. According to VMWare website, that is the latest one that came out this month. Unless I read it wrong? I just looked again and the latest, for MAC, is vmware fusion 4. I'm not sure what it is for other os's.
ah. You might be having issues due to windows 8 having hyper-v built in and active if you have a SLAT enabled processor (which means the core i series from intel and later opteron and phenom II's from amd).
Running a hypervisor inside a hypervisor doesn't work too well.