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Uninstalling, reinstalling, and upgrading VMware Fusion (1014529)

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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.

Uninstalling Fusion

Note: Before performing these steps, ensure that all virtual machines are shut down.

For more information on uninstalling Fusion, see Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion (1017838).

Installing Fusion

For more information on installing Fusion, see Downloading and installing VMware Fusion (2014097).

Upgrading Fusion

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 7.x to 8.x, see Upgrading from Fusion 7 to Fusion 8 (2126734)
To upgrade Fusion 6.x to 7.x, see Upgrading from VMware Fusion 6.x to 7.x (2081993)
To upgrade Fusion 5.x to 6.x, see Upgrading VMware Fusion 5.x to 6.0 (2056803).

To upgrade Fusion:
  1. Ensure that all virtual machines are shut down.
  2. Quit Fusion.
  3. If necessary, uninstall Fusion and restart your Mac. This step is not required in Fusion 5.x.

    Note: In most cases, uninstalling the existing version of Fusion is not required to upgrade. If the upgrade fails, try uninstalling Fusion before installing the upgrade. For more information, see Manually uninstalling VMware Fusion (1017838).

  4. 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:
  1. From Fusion's menu bar, go to File > Open.
  2. Navigate to and select the virtual machine.
  3. Click Open.
  4. 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.

If the VMware Tools installer does not launch automatically after booting the virtual machine:
  1. From the Fusion menu, click Virtual Machine > Update VMware Tools.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  3. Restart the virtual machine when prompted.
For more information, see Uninstalling and manually installing VMware Tools in VMware Fusion (1014522).

Additional Information

For more information deleting the virtual machines on your system, see Deleting a virtual machine in Fusion (1003420).

If you are upgrading from Fusion 1 to Fusion 2 (or higher), see the Updating an Older Virtual Machine to VMware Fusion 2 guide. The guide details some of the new features in Fusion 2, but it also covers important points in the upgrade process not provided in this article..

After installing Fusion and starting the application, you must upgrade the hardware version of your 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.

See Also

Update History

05/10/2010 - Added "Additional Information" section about upgrading from Fusion 1.x to 2.x 04/14/2010 - Re-ordered steps to match title and stated purpose of article 08/13/2010 - Added local path for uninstaller 08/23/2012 - Added Fusion 5.x information 09/05/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x information 08/26/2014 - Updated for Fusion 7.x

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