In this article, we will examine how to set up VMware Fusion, which allows you to create a virtual machine on the macOS Big Sur 11 operating system used on Mac computers.
How to Set Up VMware Fusion 12.1.2 to Run Virtual Windows or Linux
One of the VMware Workstation or VirtualBox virtualization programs is usually used to run virtual computers on operating systems such as Windows and Linux/Ubuntu. However, in order to run virtual computers such as Windows and Linux on macOS operating systems on Apple Mac computers, you must use VM Fusion.
Fusion is a virtualization program developed by VMware for Apple systems, and this program allows you to use Windows and Linux-based operating systems on your computer virtually.
After downloading the latest version of the Fusion virtualization program, 12 Pro, to your computer, you can create virtual machines on your host computer and install and use operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Solaris, or NetWare.
You can download this virtualization program from the VMware official website and purchase it after using it free of charge for 30 days.
How to Download and Install It?
You can download Fusion virtualization software from different platforms, as well as from VMware’s official website. However, when you want to download this software, we recommend you to visit the official website.
When you try to download a program on your Mac computer over the Internet, your macOS system will warn you as in the image below. Because Apple has greatly improved the system and data security of its users.
Since the VMware website is a trusted source, click Allow in the warning window to start the download.
When the download starts in the Safari web browser, the program will be downloaded according to the Internet speed you have. When you check the extension of the file downloaded to your computer, you can see that it is DMG.
On macOS systems, DMG and PKG file extensions are often used instead of EXE.
Click Open in Finder to view the Downloads folder on the Dock to open the DMG file.
Open the installation file you downloaded in the Downloads location by double-clicking it.
The integrity of the file will be verified on your macOS system before the program wizard opens. After this process, when the wizard opens, double-click the Fusion icon again to start the installation.
Since you downloaded the virtualization program from the Internet, a warning like the one below will appear on your system. If you are sure that you downloaded the program from a secure site, click Open to confirm the running of the file.
Enter the user account information of your macOS system so that the program’s files can be copied to the application folder and continue.
Wait while initializing Fusion Pro.
When the installation wizard opens, you will see a notification in the upper right corner. If you want to receive alerts, sounds, or badges about the program, open Options and click Allow.
If you purchased VM Fusion Pro, enable “I have a license key” and type your product key.
If you want to use and experience the VMware virtualization software free of charge for 30 days, activate the option below and click the Continue button and enter your account information.
At the last stage of the installation wizard, click the Done button in the window that sends a thank you message for trying the Fusion program.
Let the program control System Events because you need to be able to access documents and data within the application.
Click OK in the warning window, then click OK again in the Unable to access Accessibility window.
Click Open System Preferences to allow the Fusion Pro software in the Accessibility Access window.
In the Security & Privacy window, you need to open the necessary permissions to make changes to your system. So, click on the lock icon in the lower-left corner of this window and type in your system’s user account password.
Click Accessibility and tick the checkbox to allow VM Fusion to control your computer.
After installing Fusion Pro on macOS, you can check the version of the program from the About section of the toolbar.
How to Uninstall It?
It is recommended that you back up the virtual computers you have created when you decide to remove the program from your system after installing VMware Fusion. If you do not want any files belonging to this program to be on your system, you need to find the relevant files and delete them.
In addition, you can completely delete the Fusion program on your system by using third-party software.
You often use Applications when trying to uninstall any program on your Mac computer, but this process does not remove all files belonging to the program and takes up space on your system’s disk.
First, to uninstall or delete VM Fusion, open Applications as usual and right-click on the program, and type your password.
It is very easy to uninstall a program on Mac computers, but as we said, you need to delete unnecessary files or folders belonging to the program on your system.
In macOS, you need to use the mdfind command in the terminal to find all the junk files or folders of a program. To open Terminal quickly, press Command + Space keys together and after opening Spotlight, type terminal in the search box and run the tool.
Execute the mdfind VMware Fusion command in Terminal and find any unnecessary files or folders on your system. When you examine the image below, you can see the data still available in the system after uninstalling the program.
Before starting the deletion process from Terminal, delete the folder where the program stores the created virtual machines by default.
You can reach the Virtual Machines folder by following the Computer / DiskName / Users / macOS location.
When you use the mdfind command again, you can see that the VM folder no longer exists. To delete other folders, you should use the command sudo rm -rf ‘location of folder or file’.
Be sure to back up your system before using the sudo rm -rf command. If you use this command incorrectly, your system may not boot on the next boot.
After deleting the Applications Menu folder in Application Support, run the mdfind command again and check if the folder has been deleted.
Finally, execute the commands below to delete other folders.