How to Install Windows 7 on VMware Workstation 15

In this article, we will examine how to install Windows 7 step by step using the VMware virtualization program on Windows 10. First, setup VMware Workstation on your Windows 10 computer, then follow the steps in this article to run Windows 7 on the virtual machine.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Setup Windows 7 on VMware Workstation/Player 15 in PC

As you know, VM Workstation is a virtualization program and allows you to install and run virtual machines on your physical computer. The latest version of VMware Workstation is 15.1.0 Pro. In this article, we will run Windows 7 on the machine using VMware Workstation 15.1.0.

In previous articles, we have installed Microsoft Windows 7 using other virtualization programs. You can visit the links below to browse our articles;

How to Run Windows 7 on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation 15

You may not be able to run Win7-compatible software on your Windows 10 computer. Therefore, there is no need to configure Win 7 from scratch. Using VMware on your Windows 10 PC, you can run many operating systems, not just Win 7.

Follow the steps below to set up Win 7 on VMware Workstation 15 step by step.

   Step 1

Open VMware Workstation 15.0.2 Pro and click Create a New VM to create a new virtual machine for installation.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in VMware

   Step 2

In the New VM Wizard window, select Custom (Advanced) and click Next.

Custom (Advanced)

   Step 3

In the VMware Hardware Compatibility window, select Workstation 15.x and then click Next.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 4

In this step, to add the Windows 7 ISO file directly to the machine, you must select the Installer disc image file (iso) option and select the ISO file.

To add the ISO file to the VM later and then start the installation, check the I will install the operating system later option and click Next.

I will install the operating system later

   Step 5

Check the Microsoft Windows for installation in the guest operating system selection window, then select Windows 7 x64 from the Version and click Next.

Guest Operating System

   Step 6

In the Virtual Machine Name window, specify a name for your machine and in Location select the location you want to store in the VM.

It is useful to store VM files on a different HDD for Win7 installation on VMware. Therefore, we recommend that you store the VM on another disk.

To change the location of the machine, click the Browse button and specify the location.

Name the Virtual Machine

   Step 7

Click Next button to go to next step.

Name the Virtual Machine

   Step 8

In the Firmware Type window, select BIOS and click Next.

Firmware Type

   Step 9

Depending on your computer’s hardware specifications, you can configure a higher processor setting for the virtual machine. If you are running only one VM on your Windows 10 computer, configure 2 processors / 2 cores and click Next.

Processor Configuration

   Step 10

Specify a 4 GB RAM size for the virtual computer and click Next.

Memory for the Virtual Machine

   Step 11

Select the NAT selected by default in the Network Type window and click Next.

Network Type

   Step 12

In the I/O Controller types window, check LSI Logic SAS (Recommended) and click Next.

LSI Logic SAS (Recommended)

   Step 13

Select SCSI in the disk type window and click Next.

SCSI

   Step 14

You must create a new virtual disk for the Windows 7 virtual computer. Therefore, select the Create a new virtual disk option, and then click Next.

Create a new virtual disk

   Step 15

For Win 7 virtual pc on VMware, the disk size of 30 GB will suffice. In the Maximum Disk Size field, specify the disk size, and then click Next.

Maximum Disk Size

   Step 16

Leave the location of the disk file at its default location and click Next.

Specify Disk File

   Step 17

Click the Customize Hardware button in the final step of creating a Win7 virtual computer.

Customize Hardware

   Step 18

From the virtual machine settings, click on the processor hardware and then select Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI.

Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

   Step 19

Click on the CD/DVD device and click the Browse button to add the ISO file to the virtual machine for the installation.

Adding ISO File to Virtual Machine

   Step 20

Select the ISO file that you downloaded to your computer and click the Open button.

Adding ISO File to Virtual Machine

   Step 21

Click the Close button to exit the Windows 7 virtual machine settings window.

Close VM Settings Window

   Step 22

After installing a new virtual machine to setup Windows 7 on VMware, click Finish.

Ready to Create Virtual Machine

   Step 23

You can now start Windows 7 installation by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button!

Power on this virtual machine

   Step 24

After running the Windows 7 virtual machine, you can take a look at our related article by clicking the image below to build Windows 7 step by step!

Installing Windwos 7 Step by Step

   Step 25

After installing Windows 7 in VM Workstation/Player, you need to add VM Tools. To install VMware Tools in Windows 7 click on the image below and browse our related article!

Installing VM Tools on Windwos 7 Step by Step

How to Run Windows 7 on VMware Workstation 15.1.0 ⇒ Video

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Windows 7 Setup Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have examined how to use Windows 7 step by step on the VMware Workstation 15.0.2 Pro installed on the Windows 10 operating system. Thanks for following us!

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