Yes, it's talking about a specific problem and not saying that vmware tools won't work at all, like in your case. But I guess this is evidence that VMWare Tools doesn't support backward compatibility. Again, I could be wrong.The WDDM graphics driver included in the VMware Workstation 7.1 release is not compatible with VMware Workstation 7.0 and earlier releases. To run a virtual machine in an older version of VMware Workstation, revert to the previous version of the WDDM driver.
Workaround: Uninstall the current version of VMware Tools and install the previously released version.