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Windows 7: Cannot move VMWare machine!

29 May 2019   #1
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Cannot move VMWare machine!

Hey there!

I have a couple legacy software that will only run on XP so I set up a virtual machine using VMWare Workstation 8. Everything is fine, but to unload the burden of my system disk I decided to move the virtual machine to a secondary drive.

So I moved it and configured it properly like this:



However when I try to start the virtual machine it says:



I double checked my configuration and noticed that regardless I have pointed it to the new drive it still keep saying that it is in the old place:



And, yes, I configured the virtual machine default location in VMWare:



Someone have experienced this issue and would know how to solve it?

PS: If I move (or copy) the virtual machines folder back it works normally, so I know that there is nothing corrupted and that's only a matter of a path problem...

PS 2: I tried to install my legacy software directly on W7 and set compatibility mode to XP but it doesn't work, so I HAVE to run it on a virtual machine...


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29 May 2019   #2
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I only use the free Workstation Player, but I think in your list of virtual machines there is an option there to change directory. I'll have to look latter when I get on my desktop.
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29 May 2019   #3
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
I only use the free Workstation Player, but I think in your list of virtual machines there is an option there to change directory. I'll have to look latter when I get on my desktop.
Cool, great... I configured what I could so far but got no luck. I appreciate any help!

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29 May 2019   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

I would create a post on VMWare forums. Community: Workstation Pro |VMware Communities

If you can't get it to work you can create another virtual machine and reference the existing drive how you would likely have to reactivate XP. Those people should be able to help though.
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29 May 2019   #5
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
I would create a post on VMWare forums. Community: Workstation Pro |VMware Communities

If you can't get it to work you can create another virtual machine and reference the existing drive how you would likely have to reactivate XP. Those people should be able to help though.
Thank you! Your suggestion helped me to solve the issue. However it was a bit tricky. See below...
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29 May 2019   #6
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay, I looked and my setting and is the same as yours with the working directory option. So your best bet would be the VMware forums. Let us know what resolved your issue because I may have the same issue in the future should I decided to move the working directory.
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29 May 2019   #7
yankleber

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F22 Simpilot View Post
Okay, I looked and my setting and is the same as yours with the working directory option. So your best bet would be the VMware forums. Let us know what resolved your issue because I may have the same issue in the future should I decided to move the working directory.
The Townsbg post (above) threw some light on it...

I started creating a new empty virtual machine in the new drive "D" with the very same specifications of the old one (in drive "C"). Then I copied the contents of the old virtual machine to the new one. Finally I opened the configuration files .vmx and .vmxf (they are text) and fixed the paths manually. It worked!

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30 May 2019   #8
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for pointing that out.
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