After updating to Windows 7 it was not possible to start VMware vSphere Client.

first error: error parsing the server “<server name” “clients.xml” file.

followed by: The type initializer for ‘VirtualInfrastructure.Utils.HttpWebRequestProxy’ threw an exception.

As long as there is no updated Version for vSphere Client, following fix helped me a lot

Running VMware vSphere Client in Windows 7

The only trap i run into was, that the article is written for 64bit Windows 7, actually if reading the whole article and not just doing step by step instructions on the fly you will recognize it’s mentioned at the beginning – for 32bit Windows 7 the variable value for DEVPATH is

C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\Virtual Infrastructure Client\Launcher\Lib