Monday, 13 October 2014

How to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

How to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

In this article, you can learn how to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation 10. Get screen by screen tips on installing and configuring Windows 10 tech preview.

Steps to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

Follow the steps below to install and use Windows 10 on VMware:

Step 1: Click on "Create new Virtual Machine" on the main dashboard in the Workstation 10. 

Alternatively, you can go to the "File" menu and then select "New Virtual Machine"

VMWare Workstation 10

Step 2: In the next screen, select "Typical" installation, unless you are keen on doing a highly
 customized installation.

VMWare Workstation 10

Step 3: In the next step, choose the option "Installer disc image file (iso)" and
select your Windows 10 ISO image. If you don't have it yet,
read how to download and use Windows 10 ISO files.

Install Windows 10 on VMWare Workstation

Step 4: In the screen to select the Guest OS, choose the option "Microsoft Windows" and
in the Version field, select "Windows 8". The current version of VMWare Workstation do
not list Windows 10 as an option, so you can select "Windows 8" and proceed with the installation.

Windows 10 on VMWare Workstation

Step 5: Give a name for your Virtual Machine. You can choose a relevant name like
"Windows 10 Test PC". You may leave the default location or choose to organize
all your virtual machines to be in a custom folder.

VMWare settings for Windows 10

Step 6: In this step, you need to select the disk capacity for your virtual machine.
The minimum hardware requirements is 16Gb for 32-bit and 20Gb for 64 bit Windows.
I would allocate a bit more space to comfortably install other software and apps in your Windows.
The screen shows I have selected 32Gb for my virtual machine.
Read more about hardware requirements for Windows 10.

Install Windows 10 on VMWare Workstation

Step 7: In the next screen, you will see a summary of the configuration you selected.
If you like to change any hardware configuration like RAM, click on the "Customize Hardware" button.
 You can increase or decrease the RAM allocation from the popup screen.

When you are ready, click on the "Finish" button to create the virtual machine according
 to the configuration you have selected.

Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

In the VMware Workstation dashboard, you can see your new machine listed.
Select the correct name on the left panel and then select "Power on this Virtual Machine".
 When the machine starts, it will automatically start the installation from the attached ISO image.

Follow the instructions here to install Windows 10: Steps to install Windows 10.

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