Kali Linux Fix on VMware Version 8

Apr 28, 13 • How to Guide, Linux15 CommentsRead More »
Kali Linux VMware Fix

Kali Linux Error on VMware:

Kali Linux failing to attach to your VMware Workstation? If the error you receive is the error bellow, then you should follow this short guide to fix the installation.

“The configuration file ~\VMware\kali-linux-1.0-i386\kali-linux-i386-gnome-vm.vmx” was created by a VMware product that is incompatible with this version of VMware Workstation and cannot be used.”
“Cannot open the configuration file ~\VMware\kali-linux-1.0-i386\kali-linux-i386-gnome-vm.vmx.”
“Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to.”


The solution is easy. It is no compatibility issue, just a small precautionary bug. Follow the steps bellow to fix this.

  • Go inside the VMware image folder and find the file  kali-linux-i386-gnome-vm.VMX .
  • Open the file in a Notepad:
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Open .VMX file in notepad

  • Change the line that say  virtualHW.version =  to the version of VMware you are currently using.
  • If you’re not sure, here is how you find the version of your running VMware Workstation:
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Find Vmware Version

  • I changed the line in the notepad to  virtualHW.version = “8”  since I am using VMware Build 8 and it worked.
  • Save the notepad and then retry.
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15 Responses to Kali Linux Fix on VMware Version 8

  1. KMiNT21 says:

    Thanks, it helped even for VM 7 (to open, but I didn’t tested it well).

  2. jenish says:


  3. Blaze Knick says:


    Thank you, this helped me to fix I was having the same problem with VMW 9 and this article helped me to get off this error but now I get another error as

    “Guest operating system ‘debian7’ is not supported.

    Select a guest operating system from the General page on the Options tab of Virtual Machine Settings”

    How do i fix this, btw i’m trying “Kali Linux 1.0.6 32 bit PAE” pre VM image which i downloaded from there official website.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thank You,


    • amak-3d says:


      i have this problem a many of you too

      “Guest operating system ‘debian7′ is not supported.

      so the solution is to change system type in your vmware machine settings

      change it to Ubuntu and it will be work

      because ubuntu is based on debian

      this works for me for Kali Linux

  4. Oscar Badilla says:

    Same problem like Blaze, I am trying “Kali Linux 1.0.6 64 bit” on VMware8 (8.0.4 build-744019) and got the error: “Guest operating system debian7-64 is not supported”.

    Host OS version: Windows 7 Enterprise, 64-bit 6.1.7601, Service Pack 1

    Kali`s VMware version downloaded from: http://www.offensive-security.com/kali-linux-vmware-arm-image-download/

    thks in advance for your help

    • Oscar Badilla says:

      I got it!, just select “other 64 bit” on:

      Virtual Machine Settings>Options>General>Guest Operating System>Other>Version


  5. Harrison says:

    Thanks for the help.

  6. Sharif says:

    It shows

    “Error while powering on: Internal error. ”

    While i install kali linux in VMware player. I am using Kali Linux 1.0.9 i386. My operating system is windows7 and its 32 bit.

    Please give me a solution.

  7. hucknail says:

    Thanks for your help.

  8. Enigma says:

    Hi community members,

    I just installed Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 by doing the steps in this article

    How to Install Kali Linux 2 Sana in VMware Workstation 11 Step-by-Step Guide

    Hope it will help you too.

  9. imadmob says:

    hi moh,
    please, how can i install Kali Linux 32 bit VM PAE on vmware workstation 10;


  10. god says:

    thanks man

  11. sms247 says:

    good work i am using vmware 9 so i set it as 9 and its work

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