A lot of people receive the “VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible” on Windows 10/11. What causes the VMware Hyper V not compatible? How to fix it? Now, let’s explore the answers together with MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Recently, I migrated a Windows 10 Virtual Machine, to a host laptop also running Windows 10, and VMware Workstation 12. When I attempt to power on the VM, I get an error popup that states:  VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible. Remove the Hyper-V role from the system before running VMware Workstation. Anyone know how I may resolve this issue? Thanks.https://communities.vmware.com/t5/VMware-Workstation-Pro/VMware-Workstation-and-Hyper-V-are-not-compatible-Remove-the/td-p/2236562
VMware Workstation and Hyper V are not compatible Windows 10

What Causes the VMware Hyper V Not Compatible

According to user reports, the “VMware Workstation and Hyper V are not compatible Windows 10” issue often occurs when migrating a Windows 10 VM or opening the VM Workstation. As the error message hints, the “VMware not compatible with Hyper-V” issue is related to the installed Hyper-V feature on the Windows host machine. Besides, incompatible hardware, insufficient system resources, and outdated VM can trigger the error too.

How to Fix It If VMware Workstation and Hyper-V Are Not Compatible

How to fix it if VMware Workstation and Hyper V are not compatible Windows 10/11? After investigating extensive user reports from different forums, we summarize 6 feasible ways to fix the error. Let’s start trying.

# 1. Preliminary Checks

Before heading to other slightly complex solutions, you can try the following preliminary checks to troubleshoot the incompatibility between VMware Workstation and Hyper-V.

  • Make sure your PC has at least 60GB of storage space.
  • Make sure your RAM has a minimum of 4GB.
  • Make sure your processor is compatible with the 64-bit processor and supports AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm processors.
  • Get to know how to locate the files & folders and their respective functions.

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# 2. Uninstall Hyper-V in the GUI

As discussed above, the “VMware Workstation and Hyper-V are not compatible Windows 10” error is related to the Hyper-V feature. Here, you can follow the guide below to uninstall it in GUI.

Step 1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box, type msinfo32.exe in it, and press Enter to open the System Information window.

Step 2. Check if the Hyper-V is enabled and the Device Guard Virtualization-based security is running. If yes, proceed with the steps below to disable Hyper-V in GUI.

check Hyper V

Step 3. Open the Run box again, type OptionalFeatures.exe in it, and hit Enter.

Step 4. In the Windows Features window, scroll down the list to find the Hyper-V option. If it is checked, untick the checkbox of Hyper-V, including its sub-options.

Step 5. Click on OK to save changes.

disable Hyper V in Windows Feature

# 3. Disable Hyper-V Using PowerShell

Some users reported that the VMware not compatible with Hyper-V error can be solved by disabling Hyper-V in PowerShell.

Step 1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run box, and then type powershell in it and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to open the elevated PowerShell window.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, type the following command and hit Enter to disable Hyper-V.

If you want to uninstall Hyper-V from Windows 10, you can run the dism.exe /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V command.

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All

disable Hyper V using PowerShell

Or, you can run the following command to disable Hyper-V and restart computer.

  • Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-Hypervisor
  • shutdown -r -t 0
disable Hyper V

# 4. Disable Hyper-V Using BCDedit in CMD

Besides, you can fix the VMware and Hyper-V not compatible error by disabling Hyper-V in Command Prompt.

Step 1. Type cmd in the Search box, and then right-click the Command Prompt window and select Run as administrator. Then click on Yes in the UAC window.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, type the following command and press Enter to disable Hyper-V.

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

disable Hyper V in CMD

If you want to re-enable Hyper-V and set the default value back, run the command: bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto.

# 5. Disable Virtualization Based Security

Disabling the Virtualization Based Security option can help fix the VMware Workstation and Hyper-V not compatible error. You may have a try.

Step 1. Open the Run box and run the gpedit.msc command to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Step 2. Navigate to the following path via the left search bar.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Guard

select Device Guard

Step 3. Double-click the Turn on Virtualization Based Security option, set it as Disabled, and click on OK to save changes.

# 6. Update VMware Workstation

An outdated VM version can lead to the incompatibility between VMware Workstation and Hyper-V as well. If your host computer is running with Windows 10 version 2004 build 19041 or newer, you should update the VMware Workstation to version 15.5.6 or higher version. This can help run VMware on Windows 10 machines without disabling Hyper-V and Virtualization Based Security.

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