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

Virtual machines with hardware version 10 or later are created with SATA hard disks or CD drives. Upgrading your virtual machine from hardware version 9 or earlier does not change any devices in your virtual machine to SATA automatically. If you want to use SATA disks or drives with your virtual machine, you must manually change the disk and drive types.

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.


Click to expand Advanced options and select a hardware version.

When you select a hardware compatibility setting, a list of the VMware products that are compatible with that setting appears. For example, if you select Hardware Version 8, a list of VMware products supported by this version are displayed. Limitations for the selected hardware version also appear.

Some hardware options may not be available for selection, for example older hardware versions that are not supported by your current version of Fusion.

Use the Revert button to return to the hardware version currently in use by your virtual machine. This allows you to view the compatibility and limits of your current hardware version.


Once you have selected a new hardware version, click Apply to change the virtual machine hardware.


Click Close.

The hardware version of the virtual machine is changed.

Power on the virtual machine.