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)
Good to Know
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.
1. Downloading and Installing VMware
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.
After downloading the installation file, double-click on it and start the installation. If Windows would want permission to start the installation, say
Yesto continue. Then, click on
Accept the license agreement by checking the box, and click on
You can uncheck the first option. If you want to check or uncheck both of them, they're both OK. It doesn't matter. Click on
You don't have to change anything. Click on
I don't like unnecessary shortcuts on my desktop, so I've unchecked the Desktop box, it depends on your preferences. You also can continue by clicking on
Nextwithout changing anything.
Finally, click on
Installand start the installation process.
It will be installed in a few minutes depending on your computer's configuration.
Finish. Done! Now, find VMware Workstation by opening the Start Menu and typing "VMware", then click on it.
You'll see a startup window saying "Use VMware Workstation 16 Player for free for non-commercial use". Select that option and click on
Continue. Then, click on
2. Creating a new Virtual Machine (VM)
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
Name your VM as what you want, and click on
Next. I've specified it as "Windows 10 x64" to be able to identify it easily.
Specify the disk capacity of your VM depending on your usage purposes, and click on
Next. I've not changed anything here.
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.
To specify memory, you can drag the blue-colored icon vertically, or enter the exact number of MB to the text box directly.
To specify the number of processor cores, click on the
Processorsoption on the left panel, then change the value of the
Number of processor cores.
You don't have to change anything else here. Click on
Okand start the creation of your virtual machine.
After it has been done, it will probably start automatically. If it doesn't, right-click on the name of your VM on the left panel and click on
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.
That's all. Now, you can install your virtual OS on VMware Workstation Player.
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.
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