How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi

In this article, we will examine how to install Microsoft Windows 7 on a new virtual machine on the VMware vSphere Hypervisor server.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.7U2

How to Setup Windows 7 on VMware vSphere ESXi 7.0

Before installing an operating system on VMware ESXi, you need to create a new virtual pc. You will also need to add the operating system’s ISO file to the virtual machine you are creating.

If you want to create a test environment with VMware ESXi, we recommend purchasing a physical server. Because the most important thing for VMware ESXi training is a physical server. However, if you can not purchase a server due to your budget, you can use the VMware Workstation virtualization program.

VMware Workstation for VMware ESXi training/learning may be wrong, but you can use it for the test environment. VMware Workstation is in the Hypervisor Type 2 class while ESXi is in the Hypervisor Type 1 class.

As a result, using Hypervisor Type 1 on Hypervisor Type 2 will be illogical. However, you can use it in test environments.

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How to Run Windows 7 in vSphere 6.7U2

Follow the steps below for installing Microsoft Win7 64-bit operating system on VMware vSphere.

   Step 1

Connect to the web interface of VMware ESXi server and click Virtual Machines to create a new VM, and then click Create / Register VM.

Create / Register VM

   Step 2

In the New Virtual Machine window, select Create a new VM and then click Next.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in ESXi

   Step 3

Type in the VM name and click Next when you have set the operating system version and family.

Selecting Operating System in ESXi

   Step 4

Select the datastore on which the VM will be installed. Since there is only one datastore on VMware ESXi, datastore1 will be selected by default. Continue the installation by clicking the Next button.

Selecting Datastore

   Step 5

To add the ISO file to the Win 7 virtual machine, select Datastore ISO File from CD/DVD Drive 1.

Datastore ISO File

   Step 6

Once the Datastore Browser is open, select the Win 7 64-bit ISO file and click the Select button.

Datastore Browser

   Step 7

Activate the Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters features for the VM and click the Next button.

Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters

   Step 8

After configuring the VM, click on the Next button.

Virtual Machine Customize Settings

   Step 9

The summary information of the VM is as follows. Click on the Finish button to close the window.

Ready to Continue

   Step 10

To start the Windows 7 installation, click Power on.

Running Windows 7 Machine

   Step 11

Click on Windows Logo to open the Win 7 VM console screen. After the Microsoft Win 7 installation begins, configure your language, keyboard, and time settings, and then click Next.

Microsoft Windows 7

   Step 12

To accept the license agreement, select I accept the license terms and click Next.

Accepting Windows 7 License Agreement

   Step 13

Make a disk configuration and select Disk 0 Partition 2 and click Next.

Select Disk 0 Partition 2

   Step 14

Wait while expanding Windows files.

Expanding Windows files

   Step 15

Type your username and computer name, and then click Next to continue.

Type a user name

   Step 16

If you want to configure the license key later, click Next.

Type your Windows product key

   Step 17

Configure your time zone and click Next.

Time Zone

   Step 18

Wait while completing Windows your settings…

Windows is finalizing your settings

   Step 19

The steps to install Microsoft Win7 on vSphere ESXi 6.7U2 has completed successfully! Now, we will install VM Tools on ESXi.

Installation Complete

How to Install VMware Tools

After you set up the virtual machine on ESXi, the first thing you need to do is to install VMware Tools. After installing VM Tools, you can use the virtual machine more efficiently. You can also use the VM in full-screen mode.

   Step 1

Select Windows 7 on the virtual machine screen. Then the Windows 7 virtual machine’s setting window will open. To start VM Tools setup, click Actions and click Guest OS from the options listed. From the options in the Guest OS, click on Install VMware Tools.

Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

The installation of VMware Tools on the Windows 7 virtual machine will start as shown below. Click Next to start the VM Tools setup.

VM Tools Wizard Window

   Step 3

In the Choose Setup Type window, select the Complete option and click the Next button.

Choosing Complete Option

   Step 4

Click the Install button to start the VM Tools installation.

Ready to install VMware Tools

   Step 5

After successfully completing the VM Tools installation of Windows 7 virtual machine, click Finish.

Finish Setup

   Step 6

Restart the virtual computer for the changes to take effect.

Restarting VM

   Step 7

The steps to install Windows 7 has completed successfully! You can check the operating system information in My Computer / Features.

Windows Version


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   Final Word

In this article, we have installed the Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system using the server virtualization software. We also have reviewed the steps to install VMware Tools on vSphere ESXi. Thanks for following us!

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