Uninstalling, reinstalling, and upgrading VMware Fusion (1014529)
This article provides steps for uninstalling, reinstalling, and upgrading VMware Fusion.
Note: Uninstalling Fusion does not affect the contents of a virtual machine.
Caution: Before uninstalling, installing or, upgrading Fusion, ensure that all virtual machines are shut down (that is, the status says
Powered off in the Virtual Machine Library) and that they are not suspended. Failure to do so can result in data loss or virtual machine corruption.
Note: Before performing these steps, ensure that all virtual machines are shut down.
For information on uninstalling Fusion, see Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion (1017838).
Installing FusionFor information on installing Fusion, see Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097).
Note: There is no upgrade path between versions of Fusion. In Fusion 5.x, installing it automatically removes any older versions of Fusion on the Mac. If you download Fusion 4.x, use the application Double-click to upgrade from VMware Fusion 3 included in the VMware Fusion installation image. This automates the removal of Fusion 3 and the installation of Fusion 4.
To upgrade Fusion:
- Ensure that all virtual machines are shut down.
- Quit Fusion
- If necessary, uninstall Fusion and then restart the Mac. This step is not required in Fusion 5.x.
Note: In most cases, uninstalling the existing version of Fusion is not required in order to upgrade. If the upgrade fails, try uninstalling Fusion before installing the upgrade. For more information, see Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion (1017838).
- Install the new version of Fusion. For more information, see Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097).
Any previous virtual machines are automatically detected and appear in the Virtual Machine Library. If they are not detected, follow these steps:
- From Fusion's menu bar, go to File > Open.
- Navigate to and select the virtual machine.
- Click Open.
- Repeat as needed for each virtual machine.
Upgrading VMware Tools
When upgrading Fusion, the new version may come with an updated version of VMware Tools that requires separate installation.
Follow these steps if the VMware Tools installer does not launch automatically after booting Windows:
- From the Fusion menu, click Virtual Machine > Update VMware Tools.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
- Restart Windows when prompted.
To troubleshoot issues with the installation or upgrade of VMware Tools, see Uninstalling and manually installing VMware Tools in VMware Fusion (1014522).
The information above assumes that you're upgrading from a version of Fusion 2 or 3; if you're upgrading from Fusion 1 to Fusion 2 (or higher), see our guide: Updating an Older Virtual Machine to VMware Fusion 2. This guide details some of the new features in Fusion 2, but there's also one important point in the upgrade process that's not covered above.
- Select your virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library.
- Go to Virtual Machine > Upgrade Virtual Machine.
This change is necessary to take advantage of some of the more advanced features of Fusion, and improves the way in which Fusion virtualizes your hardware.
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- Uninstalling and manually installing VMware Tools in VMware Fusion
- Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion
- Downgrading from Fusion 3 to Fusion 2
- Desinstalando, reinstalando y actualizando VMware Fusion
- Downloading and installing VMware Fusion
- Desinstalando, reinstalando e atualizando o VMware Fusion
- 卸载、重装和升级VMware Fusion