How to Use VMWare 12.5 under Windows 10 1903 and Later versions?

TheStarman 21 Reputation points

My platform has an Intel Q6600 (Dual Core Quad) CPU.
Upon upgrading to Windows 10 version 1903 (or later I would assume!), the update told me I could no longer use VMWare 12.5 (but that VMWare would supply a later version I could use... OK fine), I completed the update. But when I tried to install the new VMWare version (it was a 14 or 15... both have same issue:), it said it could not function with my INTEL Q6600 CPU !!! I had to go back to Win 10 version 1809... because I cannot afford to purchase a whole new PC! (I would need a completely new motherboard... it can't work with any CPU beyond what I already have!... and of course a new CPU and then new Memory; which is currently DDR2; not DDR3.)

You are effectively telling me I must get new hardware or never be able to update Windows 10! (And don't blame VMWare... though I certainly find them at fault in this as well... But it's your software telling me I can no longer use an application that runs just fine under Win 10 1809.

Sincerely, Daniel B. Sedory

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  1. Ken Tucker 5,821 Reputation points

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  1. Dave Patrick 342.8K Reputation points MVP

    Its the other way around. The burden of support for windows is on VMWare. Id try asking for help in their forums.

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  2. Joy Qiao 4,766 Reputation points Microsoft Employee


    VMWare 12.5 not support Windows 10 version 1903, VMware Workstation 15.x and above is compatible with Windows 10 1903 as a host operating system. I suspect that Microsoft might will not release update for compatibility with VMWare 12.5 as it is almost replaced by new version and fewer customers using. I would suggest to use Hyper-V as virtual machine tool, but your system version should not be Windows 10 Home. For details requirement for Hyper-V, please check the link below.

    Windows 10 Hyper-V System Requirements

    But if you have a desire about update relate, please feedback desire to Microsoft through Windows build in "Feedback Hub" application.


  3. Dave Patrick 342.8K Reputation points MVP

    Not sure what didn't work? The burden of support for windows is on VMWare. Id try asking for help in their forums.

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  4. TheStarman 21 Reputation points

    Here are SOME VERY IMPORTANT CAVEATS CONCERNING switching from VMWare to VirtualBox:

    NOTE: You can download the conversion program (OVFTool.exe) by itself from VMWare here:
    Because if you allow the Windows 10 update to DELETE VMWare install, it will delete this too!

    UNFORTUNATELY, this whole thing is NOT a good solution for anyone (like me) who already has MANY TERABYTES of existing VMWare image files: You'll need to spend a huge amount of time CONVERTING those into .OVF files which can then be imported by VirtualBox, IF YOU EVEN HAVE THE ROOM TO DO SO, and then you'll find out that there are MANY ISSUES that must be resolved to use those converted files! Example: You'd think a Linux Ubuntu install wouldn't be as difficult to work with as some Windows OS, but it is... you'll have all kinds of DRIVER issues, my imported image still will NOT connect to the Internet! IOW, due to the differences in all the VIDEO and other peripheral devices between VMWare and VirtualBox, you might as well do a completely new INSTALL of any OS you were working with! That's fine if you have 1 or 2 VMs you worked with that were not very large, BUT NOT if you have dozens and dozens of them; each with 60 GB to over 500 GB in size like I do!~!

    Totally separate question: If I spend hundreds $dollars on a new PC with a SLAT capable CPU, will my current Windows 10 OS work with it?? Highly doubtful... It was a free upgrade from a Win 7 install on this PC. If I had been using a LINUX OS instead of M$ (and started with VirtualBox instead of VMWare), this would NEVER have happened. Companies should focus on making something so good that their current users will WANT TO CHANGE... NOT go FORCING the users they already made money from to have to spend even more!

    Dan, TheStarman