You can set a virtualization engine that is different than the default.

By default, VMware Fusion chooses the virtualization engine best suited to your virtual machine's operating system and to your Mac's processor. You can override the Automatic setting and choose a specific virtualization engine. If you are not familiar with the options, keep the default setting.


Select Virtual Machine > Settings.


In the Settings window, select Advanced.


Click the pop-up menu for Preferred virtualization engine and select an option.




The VMware Fusion default.

Auto Replay

Option unsupported in VMware Fusion. A virtual machine created in Workstation might have this set as a value.

Binary Translation

A virtualization technique for the x86 architecture in which the instruction stream is inspected and machine instructions that are not virtualizable are replaced with safe code.

Intel VT-x

The Intel implementation of hardware-assisted virtualization, a technique in which the CPU allows software to specify instructions that are not virtualizable to cause traps, making them virtualizable. All Intel Macs have this feature.

Intel VTx with EPT

EPT (Extended Page Tables) is an improvement to hardware-assisted virtualization technology that provides virtual MMU (Memory Management Unit) support.


Indicates an option unsupported in VMware Fusion.