How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14? – You must reconfigure the hardware compatibility of the virtual machines that you previously created using one of the older versions of VMware Workstation when you upgraded the VMware Workstation to the new version.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

How to Change Hardware Compatibility on VMware Workstation?

When you create a new virtual machine with the VMware Workstation virtualization program you are using, virtual machine hardware compatibility is set by default.

If you update your VMware Workstation to a new version, the hardware compatibility of the VMware virtual machines you installed earlier will be adjusted to the previous version.

Therefore, when you update the VMware Workstation, you must upgrade the hardware compatibility of the virtual machines installed on your computer.

It is easy to configure the hardware compatibility of virtual machines installed on VMware Workstation on your Windows 10 computer.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility on VMware Workstation 15?

Follow the steps below to change or upgrade the hardware compatibility of your virtual machines on VMware Workstation 15.

   Step 1

After installing VMware Workstation 15 on your computer, double-click the .vmx file for the virtual machine that you created on VMware Workstation 14. After the virtual machine is turned on, you will see the following image and you will see the option Upgrade this virtual machine.

Hardware compatibility in the Virtual Machine Details section belongs to the previous VMware version. Click Upgrade this virtual machine to change the hardware compatibility of your virtual machine.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 2

In the Hardware Compatibility Wizard window, click Next.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 3

Change the hardware compatibility of the virtual machine to Workstation 15.x.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 4

Click Next.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 5

After you have changed the VMware virtual machine hardware version, select Alter this virtual machine and click Next.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 6

Click Finish to apply your changes.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 7

After the virtual machine has been converted, click Close.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 8

You can check the hardware compatibility of the Windows 10 virtual machine from the virtual machine details section in the image below!

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Version in VMware 15? ⇒ Video

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How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility on VMware Workstation 14?

If VMware Workstation is not installed on your computer, you can download VMware Workstation 14 to your computer and install VMware Workstation 14 on Windows 10.

Follow the steps below to upgrade or update the VMware Workstation virtual machine hardware compatibility.

   Step 1

Open VMware Workstation and click on the virtual machine for which you want to update Hardware Compatibility.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 2

In the virtual machine VM console, click Upgrade this virtual machine. In the Virtual Machine Details area, you can see the hardware compatibility details of the virtual machine.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 3

In the VMware Hardware Compatibility window, click Next to continue.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 4

In the Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility window, the virtual machine hardware compatibility that was selected previously is VM Workstation 12.x. Click on the down arrow to update this virtual machine to VM Workstation 14.x.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 5

Once you have selected VM Workstation 14.x, click on the Next button.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 6

In the Clone before Converting window, continue by selecting Alter this virtual machine. If you want to clone the virtual machine, continue by selecting the above option against any error.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 7

The settings that will configure in the VMware virtual machine hardware compatibility update are reported. Click the Finish button to start the virtual machine update process.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 8

Once you have successfully completed VMware Workstation hardware compatibility, click the Close button.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

   Step 9

To check that the selected virtual machine has updated, you can review the hardware compatibility section in the Virtual Machine Details section of the VM console.

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility in VMware Workstation 15 / VMware Workstation 14?

How to Upgrade Virtual Machine Hardware Version in VMware 14? ⇒ Video

After updating to version 14 from VMware Workstation 12 version, you can watch the following video to update the hardware compatibility of the VMware Workstation 14 virtual machines. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

   Final Word

In this article, we’ve reviewed step-by-step how to upgrade the hardware compatibility of a virtual machine installed with an older version of VMware Workstation. Thanks for following us!

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