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Installing and upgrading vCenter Converter in VMware Workstation 8.x and 9.x (2005642)

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VMware Workstation 8.x and 9.x rely upon vCenter Converter Standalone in order to virtualize a physical machine. Although Converter is bundled with Workstation, the two products are installed independently from one another. As a result, Converter can be upgraded to a new version (if available) without upgrading Workstation.


Although Workstation includes vCenter Converter Standalone, it is not installed by default. To install Converter:

  1. Go to File > Virtualize a Physical Machine.
  2. Click OK on the prompt confirming that vCenter Converter Standalone is to be installed.
  3. Click Yes on the User Account Control pop up (if UAC is turned on).

    Note: User Account Control must be turned off.
  4. Select your desired language and click OK.

    Converter begins to install. When the installation has been completed, you do not need to reboot. To begin the Conversion wizard, go to File > Virtualize a Physical Machine.

To upgrade vCenter Converter Standalone, download the latest version from theVMware Download Center. Install it as a standalone program, to the default location. This allows VMware Workstation to use the updated version.


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