Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Running VMware Workstation 7.x on Windows 8

Well I just upgraded my development machine to Windows 8.  I then tried launching a Virtual machine in VMware Workstation, and got a nasty error that VMware couldn't allocate enough memory.  Panic ensued!  It suggested I go increase the total memory allocated to all Virtual machines.  When I tried to do this I was greeted by another error telling me VMware couldn't get a lock on its config.ini file.

The solution to this problem however turns out to be simple.  Right click on the VMware icon and on the Compatibility Tab set VMware Workstation to run as Administrator.


  1. Hi Karl,

    thank you for posting this. I am still using Workstation 7.1 and haven't had any need to upgrade really to later versions.

    I am thinking of upgrading my windows 7 machine to Windows 8.1.

    Just wondering how things turned out for you in the longer term using Workstation 7.x on Windows 8?

    Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1?


    1. PaulJ I'm running VMware Workstation 10 on Windows 8.1, though after upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 I had to reinstall VMware Workstation.