Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Many Windows users want to check the new MS operation system Windows 7, but they are not sure whether they will like it or not and simply just want to try it.

This can be done easily with VMWare without a need of erasing all your data or changing the OS at all.

In this tutorial I will explain you how to configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation.

For that purpose you will need to download VMWare Workstation from:

http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/

Note: You can use the VMWare evaluation copy for this try as it is giving you enough time to play with the new OS.

Also you will need copy of Windows 7 RC which can be downloaded from:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

First install the VMWare Workstation and then start it.

You will see the startup screen with few advices about the usage:

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

To create a new virtual machine click on ‘File’ – ‘New’ – ‘Virtual Machine’¦’. The same can be done with pressing both keys ‘Ctrl+N’.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

When you click it you will see the New Virtual Machine Wizard with two options available – Typical and Custom.

For our purposes ‘Typical’ option is enough, so choose it and click on the ‘Next’ button.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

The next pane is Guest Operating System Installation.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

You have three options for installing Windows7 operating system:

The first one is if you have burned the Windows 7 ISO file on a DVD.
The second option is to choose the ISO directly from your HDD.
And the third is to choose and install the operating system later.

The first two options are obvious, so I will show you how to do it with the third one.

Choose it and click ‘Next >’. You will be asked which operating system to be installed with many pre-made options.

Unfortunately when I am writing this tutorial Windows 7 is not included into VMWare software as pre-configuration.

You can try with Windows Vista though, but better use this ‘Other’ option as it is shown on the next image. Then choose again ‘Other’ or ‘Other 64bit’ depending on the ISO version you have downloaded from Microsoft website.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

On the next screen type the Virtual machine name and choose a location where to be created.
Note: Make sure you have enough free disk space there! You can change the location with the ‘Browse ‘¦’ button to a place on your hard drive with at least 10GB free space.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Click ‘Next’ to continue with Specify Disk Capacity.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Make the maximum disk size to be at least 10GB.

You can choose one of the other options to make the virtual hard drive as one file, or if you think to move it to another computer to be spitted on separate 2GB files.

On the next screen you will see Ready to Create Virtual Machine with some parameters.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Now we need to make some memory changes as the new Windows 7 has minimum RAM requirements of 1GB for its 32bit version and 2GB of RAM for the 64bit version.

To change the memory click on Customize Hardware.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

As you can see from the image above I have made the virtual memory size to be about 1GB.

The next that I will add using the ‘Add ‘¦’ option is support for USB devices (To see how my IPod behaves under Windows 7).

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Chose USB controller and click ‘Next’ twice.

If you did not burned the Windows 7 installation ISO on a DVD the next step will be to click to ‘New CD/DVD (IDE)’ where we need to add the installation ISO.

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Check ‘Use ISO image fie:’ and browse to the location where the Windows 7 installation ISO has been downloaded.

When you are ready, just click ‘OK’ – we are done here, and click ‘Finish’.

You will see how VMWare starts:

Configure VMWare Workstation for Windows 7 installation

Then the installation of Windows 7 will start and you can proceed with the Windows 7 RC installation instructions tutorial.

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Anthony Gee About the Author: Anthony G. is an IT specialist with more than 9 years of solid working experience in the Web Hosting industry. Currently works as server support administrator, involved in consultative discussions about Web Hosting and server administration. One of the first writers in the Onlinehowto.net website, now writing for Free Tutorials community - he is publishing tutorials and articles for the wide public, as well as specific technical solutions.

Comments (2)

  1. panakaj aswal says:

    thanks 4 teach the easily config vmware

  2. Jelle says:

    this is much better than the virtualbox. this is awsome. thank you

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