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Does VMWare Workstation run on Windows 10?

I have a Windows 7 machine with VMWare Workstation 10 running a Windows XP virtual machine. I have to opportunity to upgrade my Windows 7 box to Windows 10, but I don't know if it will break VMWare Workstation.

There is all kinds of information out there letting me know how to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine, but that is not what I want to do, and when I search for that answer to my question, that is all I can find. Does anyone know?
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There should be no issues, however, Windows 10 upgrade checker may complain about an incompatible driver!
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It's only XP-Mode converted VM's that won't be licensed anymore (and probably also OEM versions of Windows). With retail copies it should not matter.
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Thank you, guys, and I will give you credit, but first I have a related question: I could not get VMWare to work at one point and was trying different options regarding the CPU's virtualization capabilities, which I don't understand. I used  a bcdedit command that now causes my machine to prompt me for "Windows 7" or "Hyper-V" (I think). Well, I don't want that prompt any more and it has caused other problems, such as the fact that I cannot change certain options any more at all in Windows. It tells me that only my system administrator has access, but of course I am an admin user.
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@rindi, so XP running in a VM is not licensed to run on Windows 10. Does it stop working? Or am i just in violation of Microsoft's license?
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On my Windows 7 machine there is no Hyper-V entry in "Turn Windows Feature On and Off". Is that because I booted into the non-Hyper-V boot?
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Client Hyper-V only WIndows 8.1 Pro and later.
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Only Windows XP Mode isn't licensed to run on other VM hosts than Windows 7. XP Mode is the XP version you got for free from m$ for Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise so you could run software within the VM that wouldn't run natively in Windows 7. XP Mode was using M$ VirtualPC as hypervisor, which is an obsolete product with fewer features than for example VMware Player. VMware Player and Workstation, along with VMware Converter Standalone, could convert Windows XP mode to run using VMware instead of VPC, So if you had done that with your XP Mode, then you won't be able to run it under Windows 10.

As I mentioned above, at first it will run, but ask you to activate it within 30 days. Exactly what happens after that I'm not sure, but most probably it will just not allow you to logon anymore, or just shutdown automatically.

Have you enabled the Hyper-V feature of Windows 10? That is important to know in order to be able to answer the rest of your Question.

Besides that, you should never logon to Windows with an Admin account, but rather using a standard user account. Setup an extra Admin account that is only used for admin tasks.
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If you don't have the Hyper-V feature to enable or disable in Turn Windows Features on or off, then you are using Windows 10 Home, or a 32 bit version of Windows 10. This feature is only available in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, 64 bit versions. There is also a "Hyper-V Management Tools" Feature, that should also be included in the 32 bit versions, but those aren't relevant for the Question.

So since you are using the Home version, VMware should work fine.
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My XP virtual machine is an old Windows XP hardware machine that I bought with XP on it. I converted it with VMWare Converter (I don't know if it was the Standalone version, but I'm guessing it was).

I have Windows 7 Professional with that XP VM running in VMWare Workstation 10.0.5 build-2443746 and am wondering if I should let Microsoft Update install Windows 10. I assume i will get Windows 10 Professional? I certainly don't want to upgrade if my XP VM will stop working. I still can't tell if that will happen. I did not fully understand XP Mode in Win 7, but I don't think I used that. I am simply running VMWare Workstation hosting Windows XP on Win7.
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