When you wanted to test something in your machine its better to use a virtual environment. you can play around with the machine and even if you mess up something with the virtual machine, you can still restore them.
Since the VM environment and the physical host environment is separate, whatever you do on the VM environment stays at the VM environment.
In this article, we are going to install windows 10 on a VMware workstation 15.5.
Before you proceed there are certain prerequisite for this, those are,
- You need windows bootable ISO. You can download it here.
- And VMware workstation 15.5, which you can download from here.
1. Create New virtual machine.
First, open the VMware workstation that you have installed and click on Create a new virtual machine.
2. Choose Custom option.
There are times when you try to choose the default option Typical, the windows machine may not load well during the boot, so to avoid that choose Custom (advanced)
3. Attach the windows ISO file to the workstation.
Let’s go ahead and attach the windows iso that you have downloaded earlier by clicking on Browse.
4. Configure the hostname.
By default, it should pick up the hostname as Microsoft Windows and the version windows10, if not you may manually choose them.
Name the virtual machine name, and location where you wanted to install the new operating system, you may click on Browse if you would like to change the location.
5. Select the Firmware Type.
Select the firmware type as BIOS and click on Next.
6. Configure the system CPU and Memory.
Next, you have to configure the CPU for the system, I am assigning 2 processors and 2 cores per processor. If you have more core you may increase to get better performance.
In the memory configuration I am assigning 4096, though I could assign more I am just sticking with it for now. I will change it later, if I want to.
7. Setup the network interface.
I want my Windows guest to allow access to the internet, to access the internet I will have to use the NAT interface. So Choose the NAT interface and click on next.
8. Select the I/O controller.
In the I/O controller Types select the recommended option in this case LSI Logic SAS.
8. Setup the virtual Hard disk.
Leave the recommended option for Disk type as well, in my setup its SCSI.
click on Create a new virtual disk.
We now need to configure the storage capacity for the machine, by default it would pick up the storage as 60GB, I am leaving the default option, you may change it if you want to.
You don’t need to change anything under Specify Disk file, click on next here.
9. Verify the configuration.
here you can see the properties of the VM that we are going to deploy, just check and make sure everything looks good. If you found something is not right you may click on customize hardware and modify it.
I am not changing anything hence I clicked on finish.
10. Start the windows installation.
You now should be able to see the windows 10 virtual machine has been created and it is now shut down. Click on Power on the virtual machine.
This should open the windows installation menu click on Next.
The windows installation screen appear now, click on Install Now button.
If you have a product key, you may enter it now here, else click on I don’t have product key, option and click on Next.
Choose the version of windows that you wanted to install, I am choosing Windows 10 pro and click on next.
Accept the license agreement and click on Next.
In the type of installation click on Custom.
You will now be presented with the virtual hard disk storage that you have defined earlier. Click the Drive and click next.
The installation of windows now begins and you will be able to see the progress.
After initial setup you now have windows 10 pro installed on the VMware workstation pro.