You can upgrade from Workstation 4, 5.x, 6.x, or 7.x to the current version of Workstation by running the Workstation installation program.

When you upgrade Workstation, the installation program removes the previous version of Workstation before it installs the new version.

To use the latest features, virtual machines that were created in the previous versions of Workstation must be upgraded to the current version of Workstation.

You must perform certain steps before you upgrade Workstation.

You can upgrade from Workstation version 4, 5.x, 6.x, or 7.x to the current version of Workstation on a Windows host system by running the Workstation setup program and installation wizard for Windows.

You can upgrade Workstation version 4, 5.x, 6.x, or 7.x to the current version of Workstation on a Linux host system by running the Linux bundle installer for Workstation. On most Linux distributions, the Linux bundle installer launches a GUI wizard. On some Linux distributions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, the bundle installer launches a command-line wizard instead of a GUI wizard. You can run the installer with the --console option to upgrade Workstation in a terminal window.

You can change the hardware compatibility of a virtual machine. All virtual machines have a hardware version. The hardware version indicates which virtual hardware features that the virtual machine supports, such as BIOS or EFI, number of virtual slots, maximum number of CPUs, maximum memory configuration, and other hardware characteristics.