Upgrading the hardware version of your virtual machine improves performance by increasing the memory limit, the number of processors utilized, and the amount of disk space available to the virtual machine.


Verify that you have the latest version of VMware tools installed.


  1. Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
  2. Select a virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window and click Settings.
  3. Under Other in the Settings window, click Compatibility.
  4. Under Advanced options, select a hardware version from the Use Hardware Version drop-down menu.
    Hardware version 12 enables higher performance of the virtual machine, including improved accelerated 3D graphics rendering.