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RJSaxer
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Edit Win 11 encrypted VMX file

I recently put a Win 11 vm on my machine. I was required to encrypt the machine (and I did all the files). How can I manually edit the .VMX file to add some performance entries?

TIA,

Ron

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Technogeezer
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You're going to need to unencrypt the VM before editing the file if you've selected the option to fully encrypt the VM. That also means removing the TPM first, decrpyting, make your edits, re-encrypt, and re-add the TPM device. That's not a big deal unless you decided to run Bitlocker in the VM - then you'll need to know how to recover Bitlocker. 

Another thought might be this tool https://github.com/RF3/VMwareVMX (disclaimer: I've never used it and I'm not sure if it works for Workstation 17 or 17.5).

Unless you have an absolute need to encrypt the VM's VMDK file, avoid the hassle and performance hit and choose to encrypt only the files needed for the TPM device. 

- Paul (Technogeezer)
Editor of the Unofficial Fusion Companion Guides
IDriveFast
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Thanks for the info. What a pain to have to go through this to make that edit (the options should be part of the UI anyway). I have solved it by running it unencrypted now.

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