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

You must reconfigure the hardware compatibility of the virtual machines that you previously created using one of the older versions of VMware when you upgraded the program to the new version.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

How to Upgrade Hardware Compatibility on VM Workstation/Player Virtualization Software

When you create a new VM with the virtualization program that you used, virtual machine hardware version is determined by default.

If you update your VM Workstation to a new version, the hardware number of the virtual machines you have previously installed will be adjusted to the previous version.

Therefore, when you do the VM Workstation update, you must upgrade the build number of the VMs that are installed on your computer.

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

How to Upgrade HW Compatibility in VMware 15 Pro

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

   Step 1

After you install VM Workstation 15 on your computer, double-click the .vmx file of the VM that you created on VM Workstation 14. After running the virtual computer, you will see the option Upgrade this virtual machine as in the following image.

The version of system compatibility that you see in VM Details belongs to the previous version of VMware. Click on Upgrade this VM to change the compatibility of your machine.

Upgrade this virtual machine

   Step 2

In the HW Compatibility Wizard window, click Next.

HW Compatibility

   Step 3

Change the version of the VM to Workstation 15.x.

Choosing HW Compatibility

   Step 4

Click Next.

Selecting a Virtual Machine Hardware Version

   Step 5

After you change the version, select Alter this virtual machine and click the Next button.

Alter the Virtual Machine

   Step 6

Click Finish to apply your changes.

Viewing Changes

   Step 7

Once the VM has converted, click Close.

Converting a Virtual Machine

   Step 8

You can check the version compatibility of the Windows 10 machine in the details section in the image below!

Hardware Update

How to Change HW Compatibility on VMware 15 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to change the version of a Linux, Windows or macOS VM on VMware 15, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

VMware 15 Hardware Version Update


How to Update HW Version in VM Workstation 14

If this program not installed on your computer, you can download VM Workstation 14 to your computer and install VM Workstation 14 on Windows 10.

Follow the steps below to upgrade or update the HW compatibility of VM.

   Step 1

Open the virtualization program and click on the machine you want to update HW Compatibility.

How to Upgrade HW Compatibility in VMware 15/14

   Step 2

In the VM console, click Upgrade this VM. In the Details area, you can see the current version.

Upgrade this virtual machine

   Step 3

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

VMware HW Compatibility

   Step 4

In the Choose the HW window, the VM you selected is now VM Workstation 12.x. Click the pop-up window to update this VM to Workstation 14.x.

Select Virtual Machine Compatibility

   Step 5

After selecting VM Workstation 14.x, click Next.

VMware Version Update

   Step 6

In the Clone before Converting window, select the Alter this virtual machine. If you want to clone the VM, you can continue by selecting the upper option against any errors.

Change this virtual machine

   Step 7

The settings to be configured in the VM compatibility update were reported. Click the Finish button to start the VM update process.

VMxnet Compatibility Added

   Step 8

After updating the system compatibility successfully, click Close.

Converting Virtual Computer

   Step 9

To check that the selected machine has updated, you can check the compatibility section in the VM console in the Details.

VM Details

How to Update HW Version ⇒ Video

After updating from VMware 12 to version 14, you can view the video below to update the build version of VMs and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

Upgrading the Virtual Machine Hardware Version

   Final Word


In this article, we have examined step by step how to upgrade the hardware version of a machine installed with an older version of VM Workstation. Thanks for following us!

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