In this guide, I'll show you how to install VMware (actually its full name is VMware Workstation 16 Player) on Windows for free legally. Although VMware is a paid software, it has a free version for non-commercial use. If you use virtual machines for everyday purposes, VMware Workstation Player will be the most suitable solution for you.
After this introduction, let's start the guide with the download step.
- 1 GHz or faster 64-Bit CPU (2 GHz recommended),
- 2 GB RAM minimum (4 GB RAM recommended)
When using a virtual machine, you need to left-click on its screen to activate and make accessible it. When working on a VM, you'll need to return to your main OS often, and in these times, you can hit
ALT combination on your keyboard. After doing that, your cursor will focus on your main OS, and you'll be able to use it.
Firstly, we need the installation file of VMware Workstation Player 16. To download the installation file, click here first, and then click the
Download Nowlink on the bottom of the VMware page as shown in the image below. It might take a few minutes depending on your internet speed.
In this step, I'll use a Windows 10 ISO file as an example. However, you can install other operating systems like Windows 7, 8, 11, or Ubuntu.
After opening VMware Workstation Player, we need to create the virtual machine that we will install the OS on. To do that, click on the
Create a New Virtual Machinetext or hit the
Ncombination on your keyboard.
You'll see the window below. In this window, we'll specify the ISO file of the OS that we want to install. To do that, click on the "Installer disc image file (iso):" option, then click on
Browseand choose your ISO file. Then, click on
Here, I want to customize my VM's hardware because the default values might be inefficient. If you'll use it frequently and have sufficient hardware, I recommend specifying 8 GB of memory and 4 processor cores.
After it powers on, you'll have a few seconds to press any key on your keyboard to be able to start Windows installation (if you're installing Windows, if not, you need to continue with the OS that you're installing). Left-click on the black screen first, then press any key on your keyboard.
Now, we have an easy-to-use tool allowing us to install and use operating systems like Windows 11, 10, or kinds of Linux distributions. By following the steps under the "Creating a new Virtual Machine" title, you can install new operating systems on it virtually. Lastly, you can run only one virtual machine at the same time. To be able to run another one, you need to shut down the running one.
If you would face any errors related to VMware, you can ask them by using the comment form below.