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Preparing for the Upgrade
Before You Install VMware Workstation 5
There are a few steps you should take while your previous version of VMware Workstation is still on your computer and before you install VMware Workstation 5 to ensure the best possible upgrade experience.
Resume and Shut Down Suspended Virtual Machines
If you plan to use virtual machines created in an earlier version of VMware Workstation 5, be sure they have been shut down completely before you remove the release you used to create them.
If the virtual machine is suspended, resume it in the earlier release, shut down the guest operating system, then power off the virtual machine.
Note: If you attempt to resume a virtual machine that was suspended under a different VMware product or a different version of VMware Workstation, a dialog box gives you the choice of discarding or keeping the file that stores the suspended state. To recover the suspended state, you must click Keep, then resume the virtual machine under the correct VMware product. If you click Discard, you can power on normally, but the suspended state is lost.
If the virtual machine you are upgrading has a snapshot, remove the snapshot before upgrading.
Make Sure All Disks Are in the Same Mode (Workstation 3 Only)
For upgrades from VMware Workstation 3 to Workstation 5:
If you need to preserve special functionality that requires disks in multiple modes, review the information at www.vmware.com/info?id=40 before you upgrade.
Back Up Virtual Machines
As a precaution, back up all the files in your virtual machine directories including the .vmdk or .dsk, .vmx or .cfg, and nvram files for any existing virtual machines you plan to migrate to VMware Workstation 5. Depending on your upgrade path, you may not be able to run your virtual machines under both VMware Workstation 5 and your previous version of VMware Workstation.
Workstation 2 to 5
Upgrading Workstation 2 virtual machines requires that you first upgrade to Workstation 3 or 4. Direct upgrades from a Workstation 2 virtual machine are not supported in Workstation 5.
Workstation 3 to 5
Virtual machines created under Workstation 3 must be upgraded before they can run under Workstation 5. Once they are upgraded, they cannot be run under Workstation 3.
Workstation 4 to 5
Virtual machines created under Workstation 4 or updated to Workstation 4 offer two options.
Removing Version 3 or 4 to Install Version 5
There is a key precaution you should take when you remove VMware Workstation 3 or 4 or an earlier version of VMware Workstation 5 to install VMware Workstation 5.
VMware Workstation installation procedures for your host may require that you run an uninstaller to remove a previous version.
The actual upgrade installation depends on your host operating system: