Installing Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Pro

We previously talked about using VMware Workstation Pro and VirtualBox virtualization software to run multiple operating systems from a single computer, and the benefits they provide especially for IT students and professionals.

With these virtualization software, you can run multiple lab environments running on virtual guest machines without the additional cost of getting hardware for each guest machine running individual operating system.

After setting up VMware Workstation Pro, the steps below show you how to create a virtual guest machine and install Windows 10 on it.

The guest machine will run Windows 10 as if Windows 10 was running on a separate and independent hardware. That’s the magic of virtualization software.

To install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation, follow the steps below

Step 1: Setup the Guest Machine.

From VMware Workstation Host software, go to File –> New Virtual Machine to create a new Virtual Machine.

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Next, select the Typical (recommended) configuration. This option is great for new students or users. If you choose the Typical option, VMware Workstation will attempt to identify the operating you want to install and configures it automatically for you.

The Custom (advanced) option lets you customize the installation.

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Next, choose to install from an Installer disc or Install from image ISO file. The Image ISO file option is when you have an ISO image of Windows file and not the disc.

If you have Windows 10 disc, insert it into the host computer and boot from it.

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VMware will attempt to configure the OS for you. If it can’t identify the operating system you’re installing, it will provide a wizard to follow and configure the guest machine yourself.

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Accept the default Virtual machine name and location. Or give it something else and save to somewhere else.

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Accept the default maximum disk storage or increase if you need more and continue.

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When you’re done, click Finish to complete the Virtual machine creation.

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Step 2: Boot Up and Install Windows 10

Now that the Virtual machine is created and the install disc or ISO image is added, click the green start button to boot up the Virtual machine.

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Windows 10 should boot up and begin installing. Now all you have to do is follow Windows 10 installation wizard until you’re done.

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Click Install Now

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Choose the Custom install option (advanced)

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Then select the disk to install on and click Next.

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Windows should automatically install, reboot and give you the options to create a username/password and have you sign in.

Step 3: Sign on to Windows 10 and enjoy!

After the installation and setup process, sign in and the first thing you want to do is install VMware Guest Tools. To do that, click VM –> Install VMware Tools. as shown in the image below.

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Windows 10 should load the virtual disk drive with the installer. If it doesn’t open automatically, go to File Explorer and launch the installer. follow the wizard to install.

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That’s it! This is how to create VMware guest machine and install Windows 10.


This post shows you how to create your first virtual guest machine and install Windows 10 operating systems. You can create as many virtual guest machine as you want, as long as the host system has lots of storage, RAM and CPU power.

When you’re done with the steps above, you will have a full functioning Windows 10 computer running inside of VMware Workstation Pro.


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