VMWare Player Version Issues

A Non SQL Server Blog post

I was working on a presentation last night and I tried to open a virual machine on vmware player, and I got this error:  Invalid configuration file. File “filename.vmx” was created by a VMware product with more features than this version of VMware Player and cannot be used with this version of VMware Player.  Cannot open configuration file filename.vmx.

Search engine results were not plentiful.  I finally found the solution here.  What had happened was that the virtual machine I was trying to open had been created in a newer version of VMWare (4.0) than my Player was (3.1.4).  By opening the vmx file in notepad and changing the line virtualHW.version = “8″  to : virtualHW.version = “7″, I was able to open the virtual machine and carry on.  The other option is to do a free upgrade of your version of VMWare player.  The problem is the error message doesn’t tell you that clearly.

Posting this because it seemed like the error message doesn’t yield a ton of content via search engines and hoping it will save someone else’s behind like it did mine  🙂

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Julie Smith

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31 thoughts on “VMWare Player Version Issues”

  1. I created one in VMplayer 5.0, then upgraded to VMplayer 8.0 and received to same message. I had change the value from “9” to “8”

  2. Thanks! it worked for me, i created my vm using workstation 11 and i{m using vmware player 6 in other PC, changin version to 10 un vmx file worked perfectly

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