How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5? – Before installing an operating system on VMware ESXi 6.5, you need to create a new virtual machine. You will also need to add the operating system’s ISO file to the virtual machine you are creating.
How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

If you want to create a test environment with VMware ESXi 6.5, we recommend purchasing a physical server. Because the most important thing for VMware ESXi 6.5 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 VMware 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.

You can access our previous VMware ESXi articles from the following links;

Also, if you are wondering what is the hypervisor, you can browse the relevant article from here.

How to Install and Configure Windows 7 using VMware ESXi 6.5?

Follow the steps below for installing Windows 7 64-bit operating system on VMware ESXi 6.5.

   Step 1

Connect to the web interface of VMware ESXi server and click Virtual Machines to create a new virtual machine for Windows 7, and then click Create / Register VM.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 2

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 3

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 4

Select the datastore on which the Windows 7 virtual machine will be installed. Since there is only one datastore on VMware ESXi, datastore1 will be selected by default. Continue to Windows 7 installation by clicking on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 5

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 6

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 7

Activate the Hardware Virtualization and Performance Counters features for the Windows 7 virtual machine and click the Next button.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 8

After configuring the virtual machine, click on the Next button.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 9

The summary information of the Windows 7 virtual machine is as follows. Click on the Finish button to close the window.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 10

To start the Windows 7 installation on VMware ESXi 6.5, click Power on.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 11

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 12

To accept the Windows 7 license agreement, select I accept the license terms and click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 13

Make a disk configuration for Windows 7 and select Disk 0 Partition 2 and click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 14

Wait while expanding Windows files.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 15

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 16

If you want to configure the Windows 7 license key later, click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 17

Configure your time zone and click Next.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 18

Wait while completing Windows your settings…

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 19

The steps to install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5 has  completed successfully! Now, we will install Windows 7 VMware Tools on VMware ESXi.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

How to Install VMware Tools for Windows 7 Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi 6.5?

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

To install VMware Tools for a Windows 7 virtual machine on VMware ESXi 6.5, follow the steps below.

   Step 1

Select Windows 7 on the VMware ESXi 6.5 virtual machine screen. Then the Windows 7 virtual machine’s setting window will open. To start VMware Tools installation, click Actions and click Guest OS from the options listed. From the options in the Guest OS, click on Install VMware Tools.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 2

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 3

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 4

Click the Install button to start the VMware Tools installation.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 5

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

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 6

Restart the virtual machine for the changes to take effect.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

   Step 7

The steps for installing Windows 7 using VMware ESXi have been successfully completed! You can check the operating system information from My Computer / Properties.

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5?

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  Final Word

How to Install Windows 7 on VMware ESXi 6.5? – In this article, we have installed the Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit operating system using VMware ESXi 6.5 server virtualization software. We also have reviewed the steps to install VMware Tools on VMware ESXi. Thanks for following us!

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