By default, the working directory and the virtual machine directory are the same. You might want to change the working directory to improve performance. For example, to create a paging file on a fast disk that has a lot of disk space but leave the virtual disk and configuration file on a different disk, you can change the working directory so that it is located on the fast disk.

The working directory is where Workstation Player stores suspended state (.vmss), snapshot (.vmsn), virtual machine paging (.vmem), and redo log files for a virtual machine.

Changing the working directory does not change the directory where the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file or the log files are stored.


Power off the virtual machine.


  1. Select the virtual machine and select Player > Manage > Virtual Machine Settings.
  2. On the Options tab, select General.
  3. Type or browse to the location of the new working directory.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.