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Downgrading the virtual machine hardware version in ESX/ESXi (1028019)


  • A virtual machine does not boot after upgrading the virtual hardware version to 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11.
  • Cannot migrate or power on a virtual machine created on a newer version of ESX/ESXi to an older version.


To resolve this issue, downgrade virtual machine hardware, power off the virtual machine, and perform one of these options:

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Update History

08/29/2012 - Added additional resolution 02/26/2013 - Added ESXi 5.x to Products 03/12/2015 - Added ESXi 6.0 to Products.

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