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Use a Legacy Virtual Machine without Upgrading

A legacy virtual machine is a virtual machine created in Workstation 4.x, GSX Server 3.x and ESX Server 2.x. You can use such a virtual machine in Workstation 5.

  • Upgrade VMware Tools to the new version following the instructions for your guest operating system in Installing VMware Tools. You should not remove the older version of VMware Tools before installing the new version.
  • A VMware Workstation 4 virtual machine set up in this way should run without problems. However, you will not have the benefits of certain new features, including multiple snapshots, streaming USB devices, and performance improvements.
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