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How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation?


The Windows 10 buzz has never been settled down yet. Still, many Windows users are desperately waiting to install it on their computers. We already did a handful of Windows 10 posts to help you. Do check it out and have a clear idea about the OS.

But experienced computer users don’t install a pretty new OS for their day- to- day usage. There are chances to have bugs and compatibility issues with a new OS. So making it the only OS on your primary machine is not an ideal action.

Then, how can you experience the coolest features on Windows 10 (I am sure that you already read a lot about the so- called Cortana, Edge Browser and something more)?

Check out our old posts. We wrote a guide to dual boot Windows 10 with 8.

Read that and if you feel it is uncomplicated enough (actually, it is pretty simple as installing any other OS), implement it.

Today, I am here with yet another way to install Windows 10 without harming your primary OS. Through this way, you can preserve all your data. There is no need to sink into the boot settings. Everything can be done within your current OS.

How to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation?


Don’t rack your brain on the word, VMware Workstation. It is not at all a physical device, but a software to help you creating virtual machines. A virtual machine means an entirely functional OS that can be run inside a regular OS.

Now, it’s time to know the secret. Follow the steps given below to install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation.

#1. You need VMware Workstation. It will be more convenient if you have the latest version. Visit here to download it. (VMware Workstation is a paid tool. Nevertheless, it provides a 30 days trial). Open the setup file and complete the installation process.

#2. Now, we need the core player to proceed which is none other than Windows 10. Virtual machines are created using ISO file of the OS we want to use. Windows 10 ISO is officially available. Download it from here. (A request for those who lacks a speedy connection: – Don’t lose your patience because it is a large file).

#3. Open VMware. You can see a clutter- free interface. Click on Create a New Virtual Machine.

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#4. On the next wizard, you will be asked to select a configuration from Typical and Custom. Choose Typical and click on Next. If you are ready to experiment with VMware, choose Custom.


#5. Now, you will have to browse the ISO file. Do it. We will be installing the OS from it. Then, Click Next.


#6. For most of the cases, VMware automatically detects the OS. If it doesn’t, you can do it manually. There will probably be two options, 32 bit, and 64 bit. Choose the first one in case you don’t have more RAM and CPU. Don’t forget to click on Next.


#7. Enter a Virtual Machine name and location for the storage of data as well as OS. For Typical installation, you can’t change both (from my experience).


#7. It’s time to create a virtual disk. The recommended size is between 10 and 60 GB. Choose ideally here. On the bottom, you will be provided with two radio buttons. Select the second one that says Split virtual disk into multiple files. VMware makes space it is stored unallocated if your selection is first one.


#8. On the final stage of the wizard, you will get an optional action to customize the hardware. Click on it.


#9. Windows 10 works well with 2 GB RAM. So change it from 1024 to 2048. It is also possible to increase or decrease CPU cores that work with VMware. Do it if you want and click on Close.


#10. You will return to the previous window. Click on Finish to complete the VMware setup.


#11. Now, you should install Windows 10. Click Power on this virtual machine.


#12. The process is same as installing a clear OS installation. I think you know how to install an OS. Make sure that you select right partition.


#13. It will take some time. So, wait for it to complete. After all, a welcome screen will be visible. That’s all. The whole process has come to an end. You can operate Windows 10 as after a clean installation.


N.B.:- If you fall in love with VMware Workstation, you can purchase it even after the trial period. All you need to do is just make a purchase. It is available here. Several options are available. Choose one that suits you the best.

A handful of free virtual machine creating tools like Virtual Box is available on the net. Download one of them if you can’t afford the premium software.

Also Read: Different Ways to Install Windows 10 on your PC or Laptop 

It’s Your Turn to Install Windows 10 on VMware Workstation

That’s all I have to say and show. Now you have to take action.

You may find running an OS from a virtual machine is a tough row to hoe. It needs some geeky perspective, I admit. But you won’t feel like cracking a hard nut, though.

Written by

Jessee R

An experienced content writer and digital evangelist. Jessee has been writing for more than 4 years on various writing platforms all across the internet. At Technoven, he is an avid contributor and a part of the entire digital marketing team.

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