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How can I convert a VirtualBox Guest to vmWare?

My host computer is running Windows 10 Professional and is fully up-to-date.
I am using Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.
My guest machine is running Windows 10 Enterprise and is fully up-to-date.

The guest OS works find in VirtualBox. I would like to export the virtual machine (guest) so that I can use vmWare. I have tried exporting the VM with the "Open Virtualization Format 1.0" setting. When I try to open the exported VM in vmWare I receive an error. I then click "retry" and the imported VM getts stuck in a reboot cycle.

Are there specific settings that I can try to make this process work?

Thanks in advance.
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Have you tried this?

vCenter Converter Standalone converts physical machines and virtual machines to VMware virtual machines and configures VMware virtual machines.
Install VMware Converter on or in the Windows 10 OS and convert to a VMware Workstation format
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Thanks for the ultra-fast response.
Should I install the VMware Converter on the Guest OS or the Host OS?

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I have successfully converted the VirtualBox VM machine to VMWare Workstation 16 Pro.

  • I installed the VMWare converter on the guest machine (running Windows 10).
  • I ran the VMWare converter on the guest machine. This created a new image of the virtual machine.
  • I opened the converted machine in Workstation Pro.


When I tried to install the VMWare Tools for the VM I received an error related to the existing VirtualBox mouse driver. I uninstalled the VirtualBox Guest Additions and the machine rebooted. But now the mouse would not work and it was a pain to install the VMWare Tools. I eventually succeeded by using the keyboard only... (Tab, Windows button, the right control button, spacebar, etc.) to install VMWare tools. I then opened Device Manager and updated the drivers for the HID devices (automatic). This updated the drivers to the VMWare drivers.


The conversion resulted in losing my Windows activation. The hardware was different and Windows thought it was a new machine. There is probably a way to retain the existing Windows license but I used a spare Windows Activation code to just activate a new license.


Some tweaking was required. Here are a few things I remember...

  • The VMWare converter I used was for 11.x Hardware Compatibility. I changed the VMWare setting for the VM to Workstation 16 hardware compatibility after the conversion.
  • I had to change the Network adapter from "Bridged" to "NAT" in order to establish Internet access. I am sure this issue can be resolved but this was the quick fix for me.
  • After the conversion was complete, I uninstalled the VMWare Conversion utility from the VM.


Workstation 16 is really slick. Windows 10 loads much, much faster than on VirtualBox. I also love the auto snapshot feature.

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