How to Fix the Windows 10 VMware SVGA 3D Compatibility Issue

With Windows 10, Microsoft aims to make it as easy as possible — perhaps too easy — for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade. But some users who attempt to upgrade their Windows 7 and 8 virtual machines in VMware Workstation and Fusion may encounter a problem when using the “Get Windows 10” app, with the app informing users that their virtual “PC” doesn’t meet the minimum technical specifications for Microsoft’s latest operating system.
Specifically, users are informed that their VMware SVGA 3D virtual graphics hardware isn’t compatible with Windows 10. Thankfully, this isn’t actually the case, as Windows 10 runs just fine in a VMware-based virtual machine, but in order to successfully update your Windows 7 or 8 VM to Windows 10, you’ll need to take a different route from the much-maligned Get Windows 10 app in order to bypass this arbitrary compatibility check. Here’s how to do it.
vmware windows 10 svga 3d not compatible
First, from within your Windows 7 or 8 virtual machine, head over to the Windows 10 download page. Look under the section labeled “Need to create a USB, DVD or ISO?” and click Download Tool Now.
windows 10 download media creation tool
This will download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, which is a utility that allows you to download the complete set of Windows 10 installation files and then choose to either initiate and upgrade directly on the same system, or create a bootable USB or DVD to install Windows 10 on another system.
If you want to upgrade other PCs to Windows 10 in addition to your VMware virtual machine, or if you want to have a Windows 10 USB installer on hand for performing clean installs on new hardware, run the Media Creation Tool and select “Create installation media for another PC.” If, however, you’re just interested in getting your current VM to upgrade, click “Upgrade this PC now” and click Next.
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The Media Creation Tool will begin to download the required files to upgrade your current version of Windows 7 or 8 to the corresponding version of Windows 10. The tool must download installation files which are about 3GB in size, so this process may take some time depending on the speed of your Internet connection and the current load on Microsoft’s servers.
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Once the download is complete, choose what you would like to keep after the upgrade — your files and apps, just your files, or nothing (i.e., a fresh install) — and complete the process. Windows 10 should install without issuing a compatibility warning about your VMware SVGA 3D virtual display hardware.
After the installation is complete, be sure to re-install VMware Tools to ensure the best performance and stability of your virtual machine.

How to Fix the Windows 10 VMware SVGA 3D Compatibility Issue

4 thoughts on “How to Fix the Windows 10 VMware SVGA 3D Compatibility Issue”

Tom says:
I agree with the majority of opinion that this doesn’t work.

What I did to resolve this was uninstall the SVGA driver and uninstall the VMWare tools. I restarted the VM and tried again and the upgrade worked.

FYI when you uninstall the drivers it changes to Standard VGA and the resolution will change.

When the upgrade completed I installed VMware Tools again and the VMware SVGA 3D came back again and the resolution was back to normal.

I did also change the image to Windows 10 prior to uninstalling the VGA etc. but I don’t think this had any bearing on the final result.

Jim says:
Now the upgrade program (the downloaded install) itself does the check and says the VMware SVGA 3D driver is not compatible with Windows 10.

So downloading the tool no longer works – the install tool does the check and gets hung up now.

Joe says:
I did the upgrade by downloading and choosing to upgrade this pc (the vm). No need to create media, etc unless you have multiple copies of windows to upgrade. Yes, the upgrade complained about it and it sounds ominous. Ignore it. After Windows 10 upgrade is complete, shutdown the vm. Edit the vm settings to change the o/s to Win 10 x64 (if you’re x64). Start up the vm. Reinstall the vm tools in the vm. I used the repair option, followed by a vm reboot. Problem solved. Oh, you need the latest vm tools available on the host o/s, of course.
Tony Arrowsmith says:
Nope . still complains about the SVGA 3d

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