In order to perform any lab exercise that requires Windows operating system such as Window 8/10 or Windows Server 2008/2012, first, you need to install it on your system. You can install Windows 10 either on a physical system or you can install it on a virtualized platform such as VirtualBox, Hyper-V, or VMware. In nowadays, almost everything is possible to perform on a virtualized platform then why we should take the risk for doing research and development on a physical system. Once you are familiar with a virtualized platform, you can setup your own virtual lab to perform hands-on practices for the self-study. In this post, we will explain a step by step guide to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation.
VMware Install Options
You can install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation using any of the following installation media options (methods):
- Install Windows 10 using physical DVD media.
- Install Windows 10 using ISO image file.
- Install Window 10 using USB drive.
- Install Window using Window Deployment Service (WDS).
Regardless the installation source method you choose to install Window 10, you need to specify the installation source and the rest of the process will remain same for all the installation methods.
In this post, we will install Window 10 on VMware Workstation Player using the ISO image file. We assume that you have already downloaded Windows 10 ISO image file from the Microsoft download center. You can download the Windows 10 evaluation ISO image file free of cost. We also assume that you have already installed VMware Workstation Player that is freely available to download from the VMware official website for the non-commercial use.
Steps to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Player
To install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Player, you need to perform the following steps:
- Open the VMware Workstation Player console and click Create a New Virtual Machine as shown in the following figure.
- On the New Virtual Machine Wizard, there are three options for you.
- If you want to install Windows 10 from the physical DVD, select the Installer disc radio button.
- If you want to install Windows 10 from the ISO image file, select the Installer disc image file radio button and browse the ISO image file.
- If you want to install Windows 10 using the network-based installation or you want to decide the installation source later, select the I will install the operating system later radio button.
- For example, select the I will install the operating system later radio button, and then click Next.
- On the Select a Guest Operating System page, select the guest operating system under the Guest operating system list, in this case, Microsoft Windows. Select the operating system version under the Version drop-down list, in this case, Windows 10 and then click Next.
Note: If the Windows 10 is not listed in the version drop-down list, select the latest available x64-bit Windows operating system.
- On the Name the Virtual Machine page, as shown in the following figure, type the name of the virtual machine in the Virtual machine name text box. In the Location text, click Browse and navigate to the location where you want to store the virtual machine and then click Next.
- On the Specify Disk Capacity page, there are two options. Select the Store virtual disk as a single file option if you want to store virtual machine as single VHD file or select the Split virtual machine into multiple files option (this option is useful for those who plan to move the virtual machine from one host to another host). Select the Store virtual disk as a single file option and then click Next.
- On the Ready to Create Virtual Machine page, click Customize Hardware. Since we have selected the Install the operating system later option, hence we need to specify the installation source before proceed to next. However, you can also change the other settings as per your requirement.
- On the Hardware window, set the minimum Memory size as 1024.
- In the left pane, select New CD/DVD SATA. In the right pane, select the Use ISO Image file radio button, and then click Browse and navigate to the location where you have saved Windows 10 ISO image file and select it.
- Close the Hardware window. The Ready to Create Virtual Machine page is returned, click Finish.
- On the VMware Player console, click Play virtual machine to power on this VM.
- If the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD message displays, press any key to begin the installation.
- After some time, the Windows Setup screen will display, as shown in the following figure, click Next.
- On the next screen of the Window Setup window, click Install now.
- On the Activate Windows screen, enter Windows 10 product key. When you purchase Window OS, you will also get the product key. For the evaluation version, click I don’t have a product key.
- On the Select the operating system you want to install screen, as shown in the following figure, select the Window 10 edition that you want to install and then click Next.
- On the License terms screen, needless to say, select the I accept the license terms check box and then click Next.
- On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced), as shown in the following figure. Here, the Upgrade: option is used to upgrade an earlier version of Windows OS to new one such as Windows 8 to Windows 10.
- On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, click Next. Here, you can create a disk partition to install Windows 10 operating system.
- The installation process will be started and after some time, the Customized settings screen will be displayed.
- In the Password and Reenter password text boxes, type a password for the Administrator user that you want to use (such as Pwd@123) and then click Finish.
- Now, you have successfully installed Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Player. To use Windows 10 operating system, on the VMware Workstation Player console, click File, select Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to sign in.
- Sign in to your system with the Administrator account using the password you specified in the previous steps.
That’s all you need to do to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation Player. Hope, it helped you and you enjoyed it. Please like and share the article if you think it can help to other Windows 10 beginner users.