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Can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 from within VMWare Fusion 8.1?

I have a MacBook Pro running El Capitan. Here I run Windows 7 with VMWare Fusion 8.1. There's a small icon at the bottom left of the screen urging me to upgrade to Windows 10. Can I do that while I'm in my virtual Win 7 and not lose all my settings and installed software? Will VMWare Fusion recognize the new virtual OS?
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You should not have a problem with this. I believe Fusion 7 and higher supports Windows 10. I would definitely make a backup of the VM first. Then run the upgrade. After upgrading to Windows 10, run the updater (inside Windows 10) and also check for Fusion updates.
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Eric C, I finally mustered enough courage to click on that icon I mentioned, after duplicating the Win7 virtual machine as you recommended. Unfortunately, a message came up stating that there is a compatibility issue:

VMware SVGA 3D
The display manufacturer hasn't made your display compatible with Windows 10. Check with the manufacturer for support.

My Macbook Pro has a 15.4 inch NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB native display. I think the VMware SVGA 3D display adapter was installed together with the virtual machine.

What do I do now?
Fusion is VMware and it should be using the VMware supplied driver.

Get a test copy of Windows 10 (Preview copy) and install it as a guest machine. Does it install?
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I have no more idea about VM but i was also facing the same issue while upgrading win 7, then i had check for win 7 updates. After updating windows issue has been resolved.
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What is the "product key" for?
It is the Windows 7 product which you installed as a VM. it is used to make sure your upgrade to Windows 10 is valid for the free upgrade offer which ends on the 29th.

Normally you won't get asked for the key during the upgrade and you don't need to bother, but there can be situations when you do get asked.