I am a regular used of VMWare Player. I've got Windows XP and linux installed on it. Now I want to install Windows 8. It is not compatible with VMWare player, anyhow.

So I googled for solutions. I got one that I should install it on VMWare workstation. But during installation it asks for uninstalling VMWare player first. And I can't do that as I've many software and docs on virtual xp. So is there a way that I can keep both OS or transfer them on workstation?

  • Also, Windows 8 works fine on VMWare player – Sathyajith Bhat Mar 14 '12 at 8:46
  • Uninstall VM Player isn't going to wipe your virtual machines. – Ramhound Mar 14 '12 at 17:48

The setup will only remove/upgrade VMWare Player, not the actual Virtual Machines.

If you are worried, you can take a backup of your virtual machine folder before starting the installation.

Once the new version is installed, simply look for the .VMX files that were in the Virtual Machine folder and your VMs should run fine inside VMware Workstation.

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