How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation 17 Pro

In this article, we will examine how to set up and configure Microsoft Windows 10 on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 17 Pro on a computer with a virtualization feature.

How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation 17 Pro

How to Install Windows 10 22H2 on a Virtual Machine with VMware Workstation 17 Pro on a PC / Laptop

If you are going to create a network environment or a test environment using VMware Workstation, you may need to run one of the Windows 10, 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems or one of the Linux distributions on your computer.

You can install and run various operating systems on your physical (host) computer using virtualization programs. In addition, you can use one or more of the Hyper-V or Oracle VM VirtualBox programs to create a virtual computer on your computer, other than the VMware Pro software.

If you want to install Windows 10 using Oracle virtualization software, you can check out this article.

Although the VMware Workstation virtualization program is not a free program, it is more widely used than the free VirtualBox program. We recommend purchasing VMware Pro after trying it for free for 30 days.

How to Create a New Virtual Machine for Windows 10

After creating the virtual machine with the latest version of the Workstation Pro program, we will create a virtual computer and then install the Windows 10 22H2 version, and finally install VMware Tools so that the guest machine can work more efficiently.

Before proceeding with the steps of installing the Windows operating system on the virtual computer, visit this article and download the latest version of Windows 10 to your computer.

Step 1

Now, open the VMware 17 Pro software and click Create a New Virtual Machine and open the virtual machine wizard. Then, select Custom (Advanced) to prepare an advanced VM in the virtual machine creation wizard and continue.

Custom (Advanced) Option in Create New Virtual Machine Wizard

Step 2

In the hardware compatibility window, select Workstation 17.x or newer and click Next.

Configuring Hardware Compatibility

Step 3

To add the ISO image file to the virtual machine later in the guest machine installation, check the “I will install the operating system later” option and click Next.

Adding the ISO File Later

Step 4

In the Guest operating system selection window, you must configure the system type and version you will install. In this step, select Microsoft Windows operating system and Windows 10 x64 in Version.

Guest OS Selection

Step 5

When you want to install a Windows, Linux, or macOS operating system with VMware, configuring the virtual machine installation location on another hard disk is very beneficial in terms of performance. You can even get more performance by installing a virtual machine on an SSD or NVMe disk.

Configuring the Virtual Machine Name and Location

Step 6

Continue with UEFI selected by default in the Firmware Type window. In this step, you can enable Secure Boot or you can do this later in the VM’s settings.

UEFI Firmware Selection

Step 7

In the Processor Configuration window, configure the amount of CPU you want to add to the virtual machine and the Core value per processor.

Setting the Number of Processors and Cores

Step 8

You can assign a minimum or maximum value to the virtual machine, depending on the capacity of your computer. If your host has 32 GB of RAM, it will be beneficial for performance to set a RAM size of 8 GB or 16 GB here.

Setting the Amount of RAM for the VM

Step 9

In the Network Type window, select the NAT option to use an IP block separate from your host’s IP address range and click Next.

NAT Network Adapter Selection

Step 10

In the Select I/O Controller Types window, continue the installation with the LSI Logic SAS disk type selected by default, supported by Windows 10.

I/O Controls Selection

Step 11

One of the new features of VMware Workstation Pro is the NVMe disk type. You will get a lot of performance when you install with NVMe disk type.

NVMe Disk Type

Step 12

In the Select a Disk window, you need to create a new virtual disk for Windows 10 or add a virtual disk you have already installed. For a clean Windows installation, select “Create a new virtual disk” and click Next.

Creating a New Virtual Disk

Step 13

In the Specify Disk Capacity window, the Workstation program recommends 60 GB for Windows 10. Keeping this value to the maximum can be useful sometimes, but it can take up a lot of space on your host’s disk.

Therefore, if you are installing Windows 10 on the virtual machine with VMware just for testing, configure a disk space of 50 GB and store the disk as a single file.

Backup Virtual Disk as Single File

Step 14

In the Specify Disk File window, you can change the location to back up the VMDK extension virtual disk to a different location. If you change the value here, you may have trouble locating the virtual machines later. Therefore, to ensure that the disk file is stored in the location where the VM will be installed, leave the default value here and click Next.

Naming the Virtual Disk

Step 15

Click the Customize Hardware button to configure the hardware settings of the virtual machine.

Customizing Hardware

Step 16

In the hardware settings of the Windows 10 VM, click on the Processors component and tick all the options in the Virtualization Engine section on the right.

  • Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI
  • Virtualize CPU Performance Counters
  • Virtualize IOMMU (IO Memory Management Unit)

Enabling the Virtualization Feature

Step 17

In the hardware settings of the virtual pc, check the Use ISO image file option in the New CD/DVD (SATA) tab, and then click the Browse button to go to the location of the Windows ISO file. In the window that opens, select the image file of the Windows 10 operating system you downloaded to your PC and click Open.

Choosing the Location of the Windows 10 ISO File

Step 18

In order to quickly copy your large files from your host system to your virtual computer using your flash memory, set the compatibility mode to 3.1 in the settings of the USB device.

USB 3.1 Controller Type

Step 19

In the Display tab, enable 3D Graphics / Accelerate 3D Graphics and configure the amount of Graphic Memory your computer can support or assign a minimum of 3 GB video memory.

Enabling 3D Graphics Feature in Windows 10 Virtual Machine

Step 20

After configuring the necessary settings, click the Finish button to close the hardware customization window.

Closing the Virtual Hardware Window

Step 21

Run the virtual machine by clicking Power on this virtual machine or the green start button. In this step, you can enable Secure Boot for UEFI boot for Windows 10 operating system from Firmware Type settings in Options / Advanced.

Running the Virtual Computer

How to Install Windows 10

While installing Windows systems is easy, you may encounter some problems installing them on top of other virtualization software such as VMware. Therefore, it will be useful to follow the Windows installation steps below.

Step 1

After preparing the Windows 10 machine for installation, run the VM and press any key on your keyboard when you see the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”.

Press a Key to Boot from CD or DVD

Step 2

Configure the system language, keyboard layout, and time zone you want to use for the Windows operating system and click the Next button.

Choosing Windows 10 System Language, Time Zone, and Keyboard Layout

Step 3

Click the Install Now button to start the installation process.

Install Now

Step 4

To use a genuine Windows 10 license in the virtual machine, type your key in the relevant section. Click the “I don’t have a product key” option, as there is no need for a license key in test virtual operating system installations.

Windows 10 Product Key

Step 5

Select the Windows version (Pro) you want to install and click Next.

Choosing Windows 10 Pro Edition

Step 6

To accept the Windows 10 license agreement, select “I accept the license terms” and click Next.

Accepting the License Agreement

Step 7

Click Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced) to install a clean Microsoft Windows 10.

Advanced Windows Installation Option

Step 8

Click New to configure the VMware virtual disk. To use the entire disk, leave the Size at the default value and click the Apply button.

Click the OK button in the information window that will create additional partitions on the Windows disk.

Creating a New Partition

Step 9

Select Driver 0 Partition 3 and click the Next button to continue the installation.

Choosing the Disk Partition to Install the Operating System

Step 10

Wait while the files are being prepared for installation. This process may take some time depending on your computer’s performance and virtual machine hardware settings.

Preparing Files for Installation

Step 11

After the installation copies the necessary files, the virtual machine will restart automatically.

Restart Now

Step 12

Wait while the necessary settings are being made and the devices are being prepared.

Preparing Devices

Step 13

When your computer restarts, select your region, that is, the country you live in, and click the Yes button.

Region Selection

Step 14

Select the keyboard layout you want to use in your Windows 10 virtual system and click Yes.

Keyboard Layout Selection

Step 15

If you want to use a second additional keyboard layout, you can click the Add Layout button. You can also add a second keyboard layout after the system setup. For now, click the Skip button and continue.

Skipping Adding a Second Keyboard Layout

Step 16

You need to choose for what purpose you will use Windows on this screen. As you can see in the image below, a screen was added for users to select a new installation type in the new version of Windows. Here you can configure your computer for Personal or Organization.

Select Set up for personal use and click Next.

Installation for Personal Use

Step 17

On this screen, you can sign in to your computer with your Microsoft account. If you do not have a Microsoft account, click Offline Account.

Offline Account Setup

Step 18

On this screen, if you decide to sign in with a Microsoft account, you can click Next. In this step, click Limited Experience to create an offline or local user account.

Limited Experience

Step 19

Type the user account name on the “Who’s going to use this PC?” screen and continue with Next.

Typing User Account Name

Step 20

If you do not want unauthorized people to use your computer, you can create a password.

Setting a Password

Step 21

Set and accept the privacy settings of your device according to your personal opinion.

Configuring Privacy Settings

Step 22

In the new installation wizard of Windows 10, you can choose what you will mostly use your PC for, depending on your personal experience. You can select or bypass one or more of the Entertainment, Creativity, Gaming, Business, School, or Family categories specified by Microsoft.

Adjusting the System by Experience

Step 23

Using Cortana is provided as an option for users. If you want to activate it, click the Accept button or click the Not Now button to activate and use it later.

Confirming the Use of Cortana

Step 24

In this step, your computer will now be ready, so do not turn off your computer.

Do not turn off your computer during installation

Step 25

To check the Windows operating system version, press Windows Key + R and execute the winver command in the Run window.

winver

Windows 10 Desktop View

How to Install VMware Tools

After installing Windows 10, you also need to install VM Tools. If you do not install it, you will not be able to use the virtual machine in full-screen mode or full resolution.

Step 1

Click VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu to install the drivers on the guest machine.

Installing VMware Tools on Windows 10 VM

Step 2

If the VMware Tools image file does not open automatically on your system, open This PC and double-click on the DVD drive as below.

Starting the VMware Tools Wizard

Step 3

Click Next to continue in the VM Tools wizard.

Continuing in the Setup Wizard

Step 4

If you choose Complete as the installation type, you can use this virtual computer by importing it on other VMware platforms.

Installing All Features of VMware Tools

Step 5

Click the Install button to start the virtual pc tools installation.

Starting Installation

Step 6

As you can see in the image below, the Video driver and other device drivers are being installed.

Installing Video Driver

Step 7

The screen resolution of the virtual machine will change as the installation completes. When the installation is complete, restart your system for the changes to take effect on your guest machine.

Restarting Windows 10 VM

Step 8

When your VM is turned on, check that you can use your Windows 10 virtual system in full-screen resolution.

Controlling Full Screen Resolution

Step 9

Restart the VM and check if the file can be copied between the host and the guest machine by drag and drop.

File Transfer Between Host and Guest

How to Configure Shared Folder

We recommend that you activate and use the Shared Folder structure so that you can quickly copy your large files to Windows 10 or other virtual systems that you have prepared with Workstation Pro.

Step 1

To enable Shared Folder on your Windows 10 virtual computer, open the VM’s settings and select Shared Folders in the Options tab, and then tick Always Enabled from the Sharing settings.

Then click Add to open the wizard to create a shared folder in a location of your host system.

Configuring Shared Folder on Windows 10 Machine

Step 2

After clicking Browse in the Name the Shared Folder window, create and select a shared folder on your host system in the window that opens.

Creating Shared Folder on Host System

Step 3

Activate the folder you created for sharing and close the wizard.

Configuring Folder Attributes

Step 4

After opening Network connections on your virtual machine and enabling file sharing for other computers on the network, you can see the shared folder in “vmware-host / Shared Folders / Windows10SharedFolder”.

You can check the process by creating a folder named Backup in the Windows10SharedFolder folder and opening and viewing the folder on your host system.

Shared Folder Works Without Problem

How to Use USB Flash Memory

You can also use your USB flash drives or storage devices that you use on your physical computer in your virtual system.

Step 1

First of all, insert a flash memory into one of the free USB 3.x ports of your physical computer and create a folder called Backup in it.

Using USB Flash Memory in a Virtual Machine

Step 2

To connect your USB stick to the VM, click VM / Removable Devices / Name of your USB / Connect from the VMware tool menu.

Connecting USB to VM

Step 3

Open This PC in your Windows VM and you can check the contents of your USB or start copying your files.

Viewing Contents of USB in VM

How to Delete the Virtual Machine

If you decide to no longer use the guest operating systems that you created on your PC using the VMware Workstation virtualization software, you can completely delete the VM you have determined from the disk in order not to fill your host disk unnecessarily.

Right-click on the virtual machine you want to delete from the Workstation library, then click Manage / Delete From Disk and click Yes to confirm the complete deletion from your disk in the window that opens.

Deleting Windows 10 Virtual System from Host

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Installing Windows with Legacy Versions

If you’re using one of the older versions of VMware Pro software, or if the version you previously purchased doesn’t provide a free upgrade, you don’t have to just install a Windows with the new version. You can take a look at the installation processes with old versions from the table below.

Workstation Pro
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12 Pro
14 Pro
15 Pro
16 Pro
17 Pro (NEW)

 

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