Typically, the latest virtual machine hardware version available yields the best performance and most reliable behavior from the applications running in your virtual machine.

Evaluate the applications running in your virtual machine to determine which hardware version to select. Some applications might have specific hardware requirements offered through a virtual machine hardware version older than the latest available version.

Consider taking a snapshot of the virtual machine. If changing the hardware version of your virtual machine results in undesirable behavior, you can revert to the snapshot taken before the hardware version upgrade.

Shut down or power off your virtual machine before you change its hardware version.


Click Virtual Machine > Settings.


Click Compatibility.


Select a hardware version.


Click Close.

The hardware version of the virtual machine is changed. VMware Tools is upgraded when you power on the virtual machine.

Power on the virtual machine.