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

VMware Workstation allows to create or open Virtual Machines. Through this article, we are going to discuss the steps required to create a New Virtual Machine.

This article applies to:

  • VMware Workstation 10

Step 1. Open VMware Workstation application. It opens with an application window.

VMware Workstation 10 - Home page
VMware Workstation 10 – Home page

Step 2. From the Home tab or from the start page, click on the “Create a New Virtual Machine” link. VMware Workstation will open the “New Virtual Machine Wizard” wizard window; which takes you through the guided instructions to create a new Virtual Machine.

Select the required configuration to create New Virtual Machine

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

If you want to create the Virtual Machine with easy steps; you can select the Typical configuration option. This is recommended configuration type.

Otherwise, the Custom configuration option allows you to create the Virtual Machine with advanced configuration settings. An advanced configuration like; SCSI controller type, virtual disk type, etc.

Once the configuration type is selected, click on the Next button, to move to the next wizard window.

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 the “Installer disc:” option and provide the location where the disk is located to install the Guest Operating System from the disc. A full working installable must be there in the disc, otherwise, Guest Operating System will fail to install.
  • Select the “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 to work 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, a Virtual Machine will be created with a blank hard disk.

Select the appropriate option and click on the Next button.

Select a Guest Operating System for New Virtual Machine

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

VMware Workstation 10 - "Select Guest Operating System" window
VMware Workstation 10 – “Select Guest Operating System” window

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

Name the Virtual Machine

Step 5. Provide Virtual Machine name in “Virtual machine name:” field and its location in “Location:” field. The virtual machine files will be stored in 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 the Next button to go to the next wizard window.

Specify Disk Capacity

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

VMware Workstation 10 - "Specify Disk Capacity" window
VMware Workstation 10 – “Specify Disk Capacity” window

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

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

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

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

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