How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

In this article, we will examine the steps of creating/taking Snapshot for virtual machines that you install on your computer with VMware Workstation 15 virtualization program.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

One of the great features of the VMware Workstation virtualization program is Snapshot. With snap backup, you can quickly troubleshoot an error in the operating system installed on the virtual machine.

You can compare this feature to System Restore in the Windows operating system. You can get a Snapshot instead of creating a restore point for a virtual machine installed on VMware Workstation 12/14.

You can return to the point where you created after all the actions you would make on a virtual machine that created a restore point (for example: Office installation, etc.). As a result, the VMware Snapshot feature is the “System Restore” process of the VMware Workstation virtualization program.

The latest version of the VMware Workstation virtualization program is 15.0.2 Pro. If you have not previously installed VMware Workstation 15, you can click here to browse our related article.

How to Create Snapshot for Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation 15.0.2?

After briefly mentioning Snapshot in VMware, follow these steps in order to get snap backup on a virtual machine running on VMware Workstation.

   Step 1

For example, you installed a clean Windows 7 and then installed the VMware Tools. It is recommended that you perform a clean backup by taking a snapshot of your Windows 7 virtual machine. Because, if errors occur on the system installed on the virtual machine, you can easily return to the first clean installation instead of installing the operating system.

First, create a Test.txt file on a Windows 7 virtual machine to better understand the use of snap backup on VMware.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 2

Now, click VM / Snapshot / Snapshot Manager to create a snap backup for the virtual machine.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 3

After opening Snapshot Manager, click the Take Snapshot button.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 4

Type a name and description for the snap backup you want to create, and then click the Take Snapshot button.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 5

Creating a clean backup of the virtual machine on VMware …

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 6

You have taken a snap backup of the virtual machine by following the steps above. You then made many changes to the system or encountered system errors. If you want to return to the first clean installation, you can restore the snapshot of the virtual machine again.

For example, copy and paste the Test.txt file on the Windows 7 virtual machine desktop as in the following image.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 7

Now, to restore the Windows 7 virtual machine to the previous state, open Snapshot Manager and select the backup you created and click Go to. Then click Yes on the warning window.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 8

When the virtual machine is being restored, your system will shut down and restart again.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 9

After the Restore process, you will return to the backup you created on the virtual machine as below.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

How to Use Snapshot on VMware Virtual Machine ⇒ Video

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How to Use Snapshot on VMware Workstation 14/12 to Backup a Virtual Machine?

After briefly mentioning what is Snapshot in VMware, follow these steps in order to get snap backup on a virtual machine running on VMware Workstation.

   Step 1

If you have not previously installed VMware, install VMware Workstation on Windows 10. After installing VMware, open the program and click on a virtual machine that you created earlier.

To get snap backup of the selected virtual machine, click the on the icon you see in the image below.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 2

When the Take Snapshot window opens, type a name and description for the backup of the virtual machine, and then click the Take Snapshot button.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 3

After you click the Take Snapshot button, the window will close. Click the Snapshot Manager button to check the snap backup you created.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 4

Click on the snap backup you created.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 5

You can check the name and description of snap backup you created in this window. Now click the Close button.

In this management panel, you can take, delete, and restore the backup of the virtual machine.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 6

After checking the snap backup, run the virtual machine by clicking the Power on this virtual machine button.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 7

To better understand the use of snap backup on VMware, install a program like Speccy when you open the virtual machine.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 8

Now, turn off the virtual machine.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 9

After you close your virtual machine, click Snapshot Manager.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 10

To restore the virtual machine in VMware, select the snap backup you created and click Go To.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 11

You will see an “By restoring this snapshot, the current state will be lost. Do you want to restore “Backup Name“” warning window as you see in the image below. Click the Yes button to start the Restore process.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 12

As soon as you press the Yes button, the window will close. Now run the virtual machine to verify the restore process.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

   Step 13

You have successfully completed the steps to take and restore backup on VMware Workstation! When you review the image below, you can see that the Speccy program is not installed on the virtual machine.

How to Take Snapshot in VMware Workstation 15/14/12?

How to Backup a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation 14/12 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to take a backup on VMware Workstation step by step, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

   Final Word

In this article, we’ve examined step by step how to get snap backup on VMware Workstation. Thanks for following us!

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