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Moving a VMware Workstation 4 Virtual Machine
Note: This section discusses virtual machines created with Workstation 4. However, the discussion applies equally to virtual machines created with all these VMware products:
See Legacy Virtual Disks for more information on virtual machine formats from older VMware products.
If you want to move a virtual machine created with Workstation 4, you may prefer to upgrade it for full compatibility with VMware Workstation 5 before moving it. To do so, power on the virtual machine under VMware Workstation 5 and choose VM > Upgrade Virtual Machine. You can then follow the instructions in Moving a VMware Workstation 5 Virtual Machine.
If you upgrade the virtual machine, you can no longer run it under VMware Workstation 4. If you need to run the virtual machine under both VMware Workstation 4 and VMware Workstation 5, do not upgrade the virtual machine. Follow the instructions in this section.
These instructions assume that you are using a virtual disk stored in a set of .vmdk files on your host computer.
Caution: It's always safest to make backup copies of all the files in your virtual machine's directory before you start a process like this.
This section discusses the following topics regarding moving a Workstation 4 virtual machine: