How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

In this article, we will examine the steps for installing Windows 8.1 on Windows 10 using the VM Workstation 12/14/15 virtualization software.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Install Microsoft Windows 8.1 on VM Workstation/Player 15

To set up Windows 8.1 with VM Workstation virtualization on Windows 10, you must first create a new VM. After you create a new virtual machine for Microsoft Win 8.1, you must download the ISO image to your computer and add it to the VM.

If you do not have DVD media for this OS, you can download the ISO image file to your computer by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.

In previous articles, we installed other Windows systems with VMware. You can find our articles in the links below;

How to Run MS Windows 8 / 8.1 on Virtual Machine in PC

To run the Windows system on your computer, first install VMware 15.

Then, follow the steps below to setup Windows 8 / 8.1 on virtual machine step by step after downloading the ISO to your computer.

   Step 1

Open VM Workstation 15 Pro and click the Create a New Virtual Machine option.

Creating a New Virtual Machine

   Step 2

In the New VM Wizard window, select Custom / Advanced, then click Next.

Custom (Advanced)

   Step 3

Select Workstation 15.x in the Choose the VM Hardware Compatibility window and click Next.

Choosing Hardware Compatibility for a Virtual Machine

   Step 4

In the Guest Operating System window, select I will install the OS later and click Next to add the ISO file to the machine later and start the installation.

I will install the OS later

   Step 5

Select Microsoft Windows for the operating system you will install in the Select a Guest OS window, and then click Next.

Selecting a Guest Operating System

   Step 6

Type the name of the OS you will set up in the Name the Virtual Machine window, and click Browse to select the installation location because it is useful to store the VM on another disk for performance.

Naming the Virtual Machine

   Step 7

Create a new folder for the machine on the external hard disk and select the folder, then click OK.

Selecting a Installation Location

   Step 8

Click Next to continue the installation.

Selecting a Installation Location

   Step 9

Check the UEFI / Secure Boot options in Firmware Type and click Next.

UEFI / Secure Boot

   Step 10

Determine the number of processors and cores in the Processor Configuration window according to your computer’s hardware specifications. Then click Next to continue the installation.

Add a Processor to VM

   Step 11

Likewise, depending on your computer’s RAM capacity, determine a suitable RAM for the machine.

Adding RAM to VM

   Step 12

When creating a virtual pc in the Network Type window, continue with the NAT selected by default.

Selecting a VMware Network Type

   Step 13

In the Select I/O Controller Types window, configure the SCSI controller type as LSI Logic SAS and click Next.

LSI Logic SAS

   Step 14

Continue installation with the SCSI option, which is selected by default in the Select a Disk Type window.

Choosing a Disk Type

   Step 15

For the Win8.1 system setup on VMware, you must create a new virtual disk. To create a new disk for setup, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Creating a New Virtual Disk

   Step 16

In the Specify Disk Capacity window, select Allocate all disk space now and Store virtual disk as a single file for disk performance, and click Next to configure the disk size.

The Allocate all disk space now option allocates space on the disk for the virtual pc.
As a single file option, the virtual disk configures the file as a single file instead of creating the multiple files.

Store Virtual HDD in One Piece

   Step 17

In the Specify Disk File window, you can change the name and location of the disk file of the operating system that you will install. Click Next to continue the installation.

Specifying Disk File Location

   Step 18

Click Customize Hardware in the final step of creating virtual machine.

Hardware Customization

   Step 19

After selecting the processor hardware in the machine settings, select Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI from the options on the right.

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

   Step 20

Click on the CD/DVD device to add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer to the VM. Then select Use ISO image file and then click Browse to select the ISO file.

Adding an ISO File to the Virtual Machine

   Step 21

Select the ISO file and click Open.

Selecting an ISO File

   Step 22

Click Close to exit the virtual computer settings.

Configuring Display Memory

   Step 23

After you complete the steps for creating the virtual machine, click Finish.

Virtual Machine Creation Complete

   Step 24

Wait while the virtual disk is being created. This may take some time, depending on the performance of your pc.

Creating Disk

   Step 25

Wait while the virtual HDD is being created. This may take some time, depending on the hardware performance of your pc.

Running the VM

   Step 26

Now, you can install the operating system on the machine. Press any key on your keyboard to start the system setup.

Any Key to Boot from a CD or DVD

   Step 27

After the VM runs smoothly, you can continue this process by clicking on the image below to make a step-by-step installation on VMware.

How to Install Microsoft Win 8.1 Step-by-Step

How to Install Microsoft Win 8.1 on PC with VM Workstation/Player ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to install it on your Windows 10 computer using the VMware virtualization program, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!

Win8 Setup Video


How to Install Microsoft Win8.1 on VMware 14 ⇒ Video

If you have the 14 pro version of VMware virtualization program installed on your computer, you can watch the video below to install it with VMware 14!

Installing Win8 with VMware 14


How to Create a New Virtual Machine in VM Workstation 12

First, you need to create a virtual machine on VMware to set up Win 8.1. Follow the steps below to create a new VM.

   Step 1

After you open the VMware 12 Pro virtualization program, click on File / New Virtual Machine to create a new VM.

Installing Windows 8.1 on VMware 12

   Step 2

In the window that opens, select Custom (Advanced) and click Next.

Manual Virtual Machine Creation

   Step 3

In the Choose the VM Hardware Compatibility window, select Workstation 12.0 and click Next.

VM Hardware Compatibility

   Step 4

In the Guest Operating System Installation window, select I will install the operating system later and click the Next button.

I will install the operating system later

   Step 5

After selecting the operating system version to install, click Next.

Selecting a Guest System

   Step 6

Type the name of the operating system to be installed in the Virtual Machine Name window. And then click Browse to select the location of the VM.

Configure Virtual Machine Name and Location

   Step 7

In the VM Location window, select your external HDD and click OK after creating a new folder.

Selecting Location

   Step 8

In the Name the VM window, click Next after making the necessary settings.

Continue Setup After Configuring VM Name and Location

   Step 9

In the Firmware Type window, the BIOS option is selected by default. Click Next to continue creating the VM.

BIOS

   Step 10

In the Processor Configuration window, click Next after configuring the number of processors and cores for the machine.

Processor Configuration

   Step 11

In the Memory for the Virtual Machine window, specify a 2 GB RAM value for the Win8.1 virtual machine, then press Next to continue.

Memory Configuration for VM

   Step 12

In the Network Type window, select NAT and click Next.

VMware Network Type

   Step 13

In the Select I/O Controller window, select LSI Logic SAS and click Next.

Select I/O Controller Types

   Step 14

In the Select a Disk Type window, select SCSI and click the Next button.

SCSI

   Step 15

In the Select a Disk window, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Virtual Disk Creation

   Step 16

In the Specify Disk Capacity window, configure the disk size for the Win 8.1 X64 operating system and click Next.

Determining Disk Capacity

   Step 17

You can configure 30 GB of disk size to be able to use Win 8.1 on VMware. Click Next to continue with the steps to create a virtual machine.

Store Virtual HDD in Parts

   Step 18

The Disk File configuration specifies where to save the virtual disk. If you want to store the virtual disk in a different location, you can change this setting with the Browse button. Leave the name and location of the disk file at the default setting and click Next.

Selecting Disk File Location

   Step 19

Once you have created a virtual computer, click the Customize Hardware button. Click the Finish button to close the new virtual machine wizard.

VM Summary Window

How to Setup Windows 8.1 on a Virtual Machine Step by Step

After you create the Win 8.1 machine, you must add the image file that you downloaded to your computer to the virtual machine. Follow the steps below to set up the Windows operating system on a virtual machine.

   Step 1

Click CD/DVD (SATA) to add the image file to the virtual machine for installation.

CD/DVD (SATA)

   Step 2

In the Virtual Machine Settings window, select Use ISO image file.

Virtual Machine Settings

   Step 3

Click on the Browse button and add the ISO.

Add an Image File to a VM

   Step 4

Start the installation by clicking the Power on this virtual machine option.

Starting the Virtual Machine

   Step 5

Wait while the Microsoft operating system opens.

Startup Screen

   Step 6

In the Setup window, make the language setting, time and currency, and keyboard settings, and then click Next.

Selecting System Language

   Step 7

Click Install Now to start the Windows 8.1 installation.

Install Now

   Step 8

Windows 8.1 Setup is starting …

Installation Begins

   Step 9

Accept the Windows 8.1 operating system license agreement and click Next.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 10

To install a clean it from scratch, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Custom: Install only Windows (advanced)

   Step 11

Click the New button in the virtual computer disk configuration.

HDD Partition Configuration

   Step 12

Click the Apply button to use the entire virtual disk.

Creating a New Partition

   Step 13

Click OK in the warning window where setup will create additional fields for Windows.

Confirming the Creation of Additional Fields

   Step 14

Select the drive you want to install Windows 8.1 and click Next.

Drive 0 Partition 2

   Step 15

Preparing files for installation …

Preparing to Install

   Step 16

Wait while the files are getting ready for installation …

Preparing to Install

   Step 17

After the setup copies the required files, the virtual machine restarts …

Win 8.1 Setup Begins

   Step 18

Type the computer name for the Microsoft Win8.1 machine and click Next.

Personal Computer Name

   Step 19

Click the Use quick settings button.

Use quick settings

   Step 20

Type the user name and click Finish.

Typing User Name for the Operating System

   Step 21

Wait while the installation completes your system settings.

Completing Settings

   Step 22

Please wait while the setup is making settings for you …

We Make Settings For You

   Step 23

Windows 8.1 setup process in progress …

Loading Applications

   Step 24

After installing Win8.1 with VMware 12, the first view of the operating system is as follows!

Windows 8.1 Start Menu

   Step 25

To check the Windows version, right-click on My Computer and click Properties. You can check the Windows 8.1 version in the system tab as follows.

Viewing Computer Properties

How to Run Win8.1 on VMware Workstation 12 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to install Win 8.1 and VMware Tools on PC using VMware 12, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

Installing Win8 with VMware 12

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed Windows 8 / 8.1 on PC using the virtualization program. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Windows 8.1 ISO for VMware Workstation


You can download the Windows 8.1 ISO for VMware Workstation by clicking the button below …

Download ISO

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