How to Create a Windows 10 Virtual Machine with VMware
Step 1: The first thing you need to do is install the latest version of VMware. There is a free version of the software called VMware Player and a paid version called VMWare Workstation. VMware Workstation comes with a free 30-day trial if you wanted to test out the paid version and eventually buy it.
Step 2: The next thing that is to get a Windows 10.ISO file. Microsoft will offer this file for free on there website. Clicking on this link will bring you right to the download page on the official Microsoft page. Download the .ISO file and then save it somewhere you can easily find it on your computer. I personally like to save it right to my desktop, so it is easy to find.
Step 3: The next thing you want to do is open the VMware software that you downloaded. Once the software is up and running you will want to click the box with the words “create new Virtual Machine.
Step 4: After clicking on the box that says “create new Virtual Machine” you will then be prompted by the Wizard to start the process of creating the Virtual Machine. You will be given two options. Create a “typical” or an “advanced” VM. It is strongly suggested you go with the “typical” option especially if you are new to use the software.
Step 5: The next step in the process is to find the installer disc image or .ISO for Windows 10 that we downloaded earlier from Microsoft. Click on the browse button and then go to the location on your computer where the file is stored and select it. After the file is selected then proceed to hit “next.”
Step 6: You will then be prompted to select the version of Windows you are going to install. If you downloaded Windows 10 Professional, then you will want to select that in the drop-down menu you will be presented with. You will also be prompted to put in a Windows license key. This is only a VM, so we will not be using a key. Skip entering anything in that field. Next put in the name that you want to associate with your version of Windows. You can also put in a password but that is optional. If VMware cannot detect which version of Windows, you are trying to install it will ask you to select the version.
Step 7: The next thing you want to do is select how much of your hard drive you will allow the VM to use. This is going to entirely depend on what you plan on putting on your VM. 60GB should be good for most things being done with a VM.
Step 8: You can go with the default settings or you can customize how much hardware of your own computer you will allow the VM to use. This is going to depend entirely on what you are doing with the VM and how powerful your computer is. The better hardware you have on your actual computer will allow you to dedicate more power to your VM. If you are unsure then it is best to leave the settings as they are. They can be changed later. After you are done setting up the hardware hit finish and your new VM will be ready to use. Click “power on this virtual machine” and you will be ready to start using your VM.
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