VMware Workstation 10: How to create a New Virtual Machine?

VMware Workstation allows to create or open Virtual Machines.

This article applies to:

  • VMware Workstation 10

Step 1. Open VMware Workstation application.

VMware Workstation 10 - Home page

VMware Workstation 10 – Home page

Step 2. From Home tab, click on “Create a New Virtual Machine” link. VMware Workstation will open “New Virtual Machine Wizard” wizard window.

Step 3. Now it is required to select the configuration type in this window:

VMware Workstation 10 - "New Virtual Machine Wizard" window

VMware Workstation 10 – “New Virtual Machine Wizard” window

  • Select Typical configuration to install quickly with easy steps. This is recommended configuration type.
  • To install with advanced configuration; select Custom radio button.

Once the configuration type is selected, click on Next button.

Step 4. We need to inform, how we are going to install the Guest Operating System. The Operating System we are going to install on Virtual Machine, is called Guest Operating System. VMware supports Windows, Linux, etc., are as Guest Operating Systems on VMware Virtual Machines.

VMware Workstation 10 - "Guest Operating System Installation" window

VMware Workstation 10 – “Guest Operating System Installation” window

  • Select “Installer disc:” option and provide the location where the disk is located to install the Guest Operating System from the disc. Full working installable must be there in the disc, otherwise Guest Operating System will fail to install.
  • Select “Installer disc image file (iso):” option, to install the Guest Operating System from .iso file. If we don’t have the disc and we have working installable of Guest Operating System in .iso form; we can select this option.
  • To install the Operating System later; select “I will install the operating system later.” option. If this option is selected, Virtual Machine will be created with a blank hard disk.

Select the appropriate option and click on Next button.

Step 4. In this window, select the Guest Operating System. Select the Operating System from Guest Operating System group and select the version of Guest Operating System from Version combo.

VMware Workstation 10 - "Select Guest Operating System" window

VMware Workstation 10 – “Select Guest Operating System” window

Now click on Next button to go to next wizard window.

Step 5. Provide Virtual Machine name in “Virtual machine name:” field and its location in “Location:” field. The virtual machine files will be stored into the selected location. Make sure the disk where you are going to store the Virtual machine files should have enough disk space.

VMware Workstation 10 - "Name the Virtual Machine" window

VMware Workstation 10 – “Name the Virtual Machine” window

Click on Next button to go to next wizard window.

Step 6. Now specify disk capacity into “Maximum disk size:” field. VMware Workstation allows to store the virtual disk file into a single file or into multiple files. Select either of this option from this wizard window.

VMware Workstation 10 - "Specify Disk Capacity" window

VMware Workstation 10 – “Specify Disk Capacity” window

Once you provide necessary disk size for your virtual machine, click on Next button to move to next wizard window.

Step 7.  Now VMware workstation is ready to create the Virtual Machine. Check the configuration and everything fine, click on Finish button to start creating the Virtual Machine.

Once the Virtual Machine is created, you can Play the virtual machine from VMware Workstation itself.

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