We'll learn how to install Windows 11 on a VMware virtual machine from scratch in this guide.
If you don't already have VMware Workstation Pro or Player installed on your PC, follow this ultimate guide to install it first. After installing it, you can continue from here.
Before start, I promise you'll have a running Windows 11 on a virtual machine without facing any errors if you follow all the steps carefully. Everything is clear, you don't need to know anything other than what I've explained here. ✌
However, if you run into a problem, feel free to ask for help using the discussion form at the end of this tutorial. 😊
- VMware Workstation Pro or Player (Click here for installation guide)
- Windows 11 ISO file (Search for "21996.1.210529-1541.co_release_CLIENT_CONSUMER_x64FRE_en-us.iso" without quotes on Google to download it)
- 4 GB RAM minimum
- 1 GHz or faster 64-Bit dual-core CPU
- 64 GB or higher free disk space
The current installation file of Windows 11 is a leaked one. That's why you shouldn't install it on your main PC to avoid data loss. For this reason, I've shown you how to install Windows 11 on a virtual machine instead of a real one in this tutorial.
Open VMware Workstation Player
Choose the second option saying that "Installer disc image file (iso):" and click the
Browsebutton under this option to choose Windows 11 ISO file. VMware will not be able to detect Windows 11 in the disc image (ISO file) since Windows 11 hasn't been published yet. There is no problem here. Click
We now have a virtual machine with a Windows 11 installation ISO file. To start the machine, right-click on its name and click
Power on, or after selecting the machine's name, click the green-colored
Playbutton on the top of the window.
If you would face a notice window, check the "Do not show this hint again" option then click
If you see a blue-colored boot screen like the one below or the "Time out." message on a black screen, it means you missed the "Press a key..." screen. By restarting the virtual machine, you can return to the previous screen. To be able to do that, you can follow two different ways.
If you want to have *C:* and *D:* drives on your virtual Windows 11 instance, you can reduce the size of the first drive (C:), but I think you won't need another drive on a virtual machine. So, click
Applywithout change the size.
To ensure that all Windows features work correctly, Windows 11 will create multiple partitions. You should not change or delete the first and second partitions, since they are reserved by the system. Select the third partition marked as Primary then click
Here, you can sign in using your Microsoft account, but it might be unsafe since the leaked ISO file might contain harmful content. For now, I don't recommend using an online account. You can, of course, use it if you wish. I'll continue with an offline account by clicking on
This step for offline account users: Sometimes, we forget our passwords. For similar cases, we need a clue to reset the our user password. We use security questions to reset our passwords when we forget them. In this step, we'll specify three different questions and answers. I will only show you one of them since they are all the same. By clicking
Next, you need to specify the two of them.
Now, you have a Windows 11 Developer Edition virtually. However, don't forget that this version hasn't been completed yet. Windows 11 is shown here in its early stages, so I think the Beta version and the Final version will have many new offers.
I will update this content as soon as Windows 11 becomes available officially. That's why I strongly suggest bookmarking this page on your browser and visiting periodically.