How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

In this article, we will install Windows 8.1 step by step on Windows 10 using the VMware Workstation 15/14/12 virtualization program.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

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

If you do not have DVD media for the Windows 8.1 operating system, you can download the ISO image file to your computer by clicking the button at the bottom of the article.

In the previous articles, we made other Windows operating system installations with VMware. In these articles, you can find the links below;

How to Install Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 on VMware Virtual Machine

To run Windows 8.1 on your Windows computer, first, install VMware Workstation 15. Then, follow the steps below in order to install Windows 8 / 8.1 on VMware after downloading the Windows 8.1 ISO file to your computer.

   Step 1

To create a Windows 8.1 virtual machine Open VMware Workstation 15 Pro and click Create a New Virtual Machine.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 2

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 3

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 4

In the Guest Operating System Installation window, select I will install the operating system later to add the operating system ISO file to the virtual machine later and start the installation, and then click Next.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 5

Select Microsoft Windows for the Windows 8.1 operating system that you will install in the Select a Guest Operating System window, and then click Next.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 6

Type the name of the operating system you will install in the Name the Virtual Machine window, and it is useful to store the virtual machine on another disk for performance, so click the Browse button to select the installation location.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 7

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 8

Click Next to continue the installation.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 9

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   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.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 11

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 12

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 13

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 14

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 15

You must create a new virtual disk for the Windows 8.1 operating system setup on VMware. To create a new disk for installation, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 16

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

The “Allocate all disk space now” option allocates disk space on your disk for the virtual machine.
The “Store virtual disk as a single file” option configures the virtual disk as a single file instead of splitting it.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   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.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 18

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 19

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 20

Click the CD/DVD device to add the Windows 8.1 ISO file that you downloaded to your computer to the virtual machine. Then select the Use ISO image file option and click the Browse button to select the ISO file.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 21

Select the ISO file and click the Open button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 22

Click the Close button to exit the virtual machine settings.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 23

After completing the steps for creating the virtual machine, click Finish.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 24

Wait while creating the virtual disk. This process may take some time, depending on the performance of your computer.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 25

Click Power on this virtual machine to start the Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 installation on VMware.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 26

You can install the operating system on the virtual machine. Press any key on your keyboard to start the installation.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 27

After the Windows 8.1 virtual machine runs smoothly, you can continue this step by clicking on the image below to make a step-by-step installation on VMware.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Install Microsoft Windows 8.1 on Windows 10 with VMware ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to install Windows 8.1 up your Windows 10 computer using the VMware virtualization program, and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us!


How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 14 ⇒ Video

If you have 14 Pro version of VMware virtualization program installed on your computer, you can watch the video below to install Windows 8.1 with VMware 14!


How to Create Windows 8.1 Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation 12

On VMware, you must first create a Windows 8.1 virtual machine. To create a Windows 8.1 virtual machine, follow the steps below in order.

Follow the steps below to install Windows 8/8.1 on VMware after downloading the Windows 8.1 ISO file to your computer.

   Step 1

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 2

In the opened window, select the Custom (Advanced) option and click on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 3

In the Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility window, select the Workstation 12.0 option and click Next.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 4

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 5

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 6

In the Name the Virtual Machine window, type the name of the operating system to be installed. Then click on the Browse button to select the location where the virtual machine will be installed.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 7

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 8

In the Name the Virtual Machine window, click the Next button after making the necessary settings.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 9

In the Firmware Type window, the BIOS option is selected as the default setting. Continue to the steps for creating a Windows 8.1 virtual machine by clicking on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 10

In the Processor Configuration window, click Next after configuring the number of processors and cores for the Windows 8.1 virtual machine.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 11

In the Memory for the Virtual Machine window, after specifying the 2 GB RAM value for the Windows 8.1 virtual machine, click Next to continue.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 12

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 13

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 14

In the Select a Disk Type window, select SCSI (Recommended) and click on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 15

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 16

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 17

You can configure 30 GB of disk space for Windows 8.1 installation on VMware. Click on the Next button to continue with the steps for creating a virtual machine.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 18

The Disk File configuration specifies the virtual disk where to save it. 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 in the default setting and click on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 19

After creating the Windows 8.1 virtual machine, if there is a change you want to make, click the Customize Hardware button. Click the Finish button to close the new virtual machine wizard.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Install Windows 8.1 on Virtual Machine in Windows 10 using VMware Workstation

After you create a Windows 8.1 virtual machine, you need to add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer to the virtual machine. Follow the steps below in order to install Windows 8.1 step by step on the virtual machine.

   Step 1

Click on CD/DVD (SATA) to add the ISO file to the virtual machine for Windows 8.1 installation.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 2

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 3

Click on the Browse button and add the Windows 8.1 ISO file.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 4

Start the Windows 8.1 installation by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 5

Wait while Windows 8.1 opens …

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 6

In the Windows 8.1 installation window, click the Next button after configuring the language setting, time and currency, and keyboard settings.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 7

Click Install Now to start Windows 8.1 installation.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 8

Starting Windows 8.1 Setup…

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 9

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 10

To do a clean installation of Windows 8.1, click Custom: Install only Windows (advanced).

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 11

In the Windows 8.1 virtual machine disk configuration, click the New button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 12

Click the Apply button to use the entire virtual disk.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 13

Click OK on the warning window “Additional fields will be created for Windows”.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 14

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

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 15

Preparing files for installation…

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 16

Wait while the files are being prepared for installation…

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 17

After the installation copies the necessary files, the virtual machine restarts.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 18

Type the computer name for the Windows 8.1 virtual machine and click Next.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 19

Click the Use quick settings button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 20

Click the Finish button.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 21

Wait while the setup completes your system settings.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 22

Wait while the setup is setting up the settings for you.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 23

Windows 8.1 installation is in progress.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 24

After installing Windows 8.1 with VMware Workstation 12, the first view of the operating system is as follows!

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

   Step 25

To check the Windows version, right click on My Computer and click Properties. In System window, you can check the version of Windows 8.1 as follows.

How to Install Windows 8.1 on VMware Workstation 15

How to Install Windows 8.1 in VMware Workstation 12 ⇒ Video

You can watch the following video to install Windows 8.1 and VMware Tools on VMware Workstation 12 on Windows 10, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

   Final Word

In this article, we have installed Windows 8/8.1 on Windows 10 using the VMware virtualization program. Thanks for following us!

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