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Renaming a virtual machine in VMware Fusion (1015695)

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This article provides steps to rename a virtual machine in Fusion.
When creating a virtual machine, the default virtual machine name is the name of the operating system installed (Windows 7). To avoid having multiple virtual machines with the same name, you can change the name of each virtual machine to something more descriptive and unique.


To rename a virtual machine in Fusion:

Fusion 4.x and later
  1. From the Apple menu bar, select Virtual Machine > Settings.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click the existing name of the virtual machine to edit the text. 
  4. Rename the virtual machine and click outside the text box to save the new name of the virtual machine.
Fusion 3.x and earlier
  1. From the Apple menu bar, select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Library, click the name of the virtual machine to reveal a text box.
  3. Edit the name of the virtual machine in the text box.
  4. Click outside of the text box to save the new name of the virtual machine.

Note: The virtual machine bundle and files will still bear the virtual machine's original name. These files are referenced by the virtual machine settings and should not be renamed.

For more information, see:

Additional Information

If the virtual machine's Operating System is upgraded:
  1. Change the virtual machine type in the dropdown below the virtual machine name. This machine type ensures that the correct version of VMware Tools is installed.
  2. Add any additional comments in the Notes field in the text box below the virtual machine type dropdown, such as the old name of the virtual machine, the virtual machine's creation or upgrade dates.

See Also

Update History

10/25/2013 - Added Fusion 6.x information. 08/20/2014 - Updated for Fusion 7.x

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