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Upgrading on a Linux Host

Upgrading on a Linux Host

You may upgrade from version 3 to version 4 using the VMware Workstation 4 upgrade product. To upgrade from version 2 to version 4, you must have the full VMware Workstation 4 product.

The Tar Upgrade Process

The Tar Upgrade Process

If you used the tar installer to install version 2 or 3 or an earlier release of version 4 and you plan to use the tar installer for version 4.5, you do not need to take any special steps to uninstall the older version. Just follow the installation instructions Installing VMware Workstation 4 on a Linux Host.

Note: When you are upgrading with the upgrade product, the installer checks for the presence of a version 3 license on the computer. If it finds no version 3 license, it prompts you to enter your version 3 serial number.

The RPM Upgrade Process

The RPM Upgrade Process

If you used the RPM installer to install version 2 or 3 or an earlier release of version 4, take the following steps to upgrade to version 4.5. If you are currently using version 3.0, you need to uninstall the RPM package of prebuilt modules that was installed with 3.0 before you uninstall the 3.0 software. You do not need to take this step if you are currently using version 2.0 or 3.1.

  1. If you are running version 2, uninstall it as root by running
    rpm -e VMware

    If you are running version 3.0, uninstall the prebuilt modules as root, then uninstall VMware Workstation by running
    rpm -e VMwareWorkstationKernelModules
    rpm -e VMwareWorkstation

    If you are running version 3.1 or 3.2 or an earlier release of version 4, uninstall it as root by running
    rpm -e VMwareWorkstation*

  2. Install version 4.5 following the instructions in Installing VMware Workstation 4 on a Linux Host.

    Note: When you are upgrading with the upgrade product, the installer checks for the presence of a version 3 license on the computer. If it finds no version 3 license, it prompts you to enter your version 3 serial number.

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