How to Create a New Virtual Machine using VMware Workstation

This article shows how to install a new virtual machine with VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Windows 10.

If your Windows 10 computer supports the hardware virtualization feature, you can create a virtual machine on your computer. The usage areas of virtual machines are pretty standard. For example, if you want to experience using Ubuntu, a Linux distribution, it is recommended that you first install and share it on the virtual machine on your host computer.

VMware Workstation Pro is paid compared to other virtualization programs but offers more professional use. You can install a Windows, Linux, macOS, and Windows Server Linux Server using VMware Pro.

After installing VMware on your computer, you must first learn how to create a new virtual machine, configure it, and add an ISO file to the VM.

Watch this video or follow the steps below to create a new virtual machine on Windows 10.

Step 1: Open the VMware virtual machine program and click the Create VM option on the program’s homepage to create a new virtual machine.

Step 2: When the virtual machine creation screen opens, click Custom (Advanced), select Workstation 16.x for the hardware compatibility version, and continue.

Step 3: To use the ISO file of the operating system you will install on the guest operating system screen later, check the “I will install the operating system later” option and click Next.

Step 4: Select the operating system type and version you want to run on your computer. For example, if you choose the Microsoft Windows type, select the system version suitable for the kernel structure in the version section below.

Step 5: Name the virtual machine and configure the location where you will install it. Creating a new folder on a portable disk is recommended to make this setting.

Step 6: Configure one CPU and four Core for the processor hardware after enabling UEFI and Secure Boot for firmware type. Of course, it is recommended that the values here are made according to your computer’s hardware specifications.

Step 7: Next, assign the optimal RAM value for the VM. The ideal value for the latest versions of Windows 10 is a minimum of 4 GB.

Step 8: Configure the virtual computer’s network card as NAT. The NAT option will use another block other than the IP block your host’s network adapter is using.

Step 9: Select the recommended value (LSI Logic SAS) for the I/O Controller. Select NVMe as the disk type and create a new virtual disk of the size you want. For example, you can set a minimum of 30 GB or 40 GB. Also, store the virtual disk you will create as a single file.

Step 10: Without changing the name of the virtual disk file, click Next to continue and click the Customize Hardware button to open the VM’s settings.

Step 11: After clicking on the processor hardware, enable the virtualization feature by ticking “Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI” in the right section.

Step 12: Also, click on the CD/DVD device, select the image file of the operating system you downloaded to your computer via Browse, and add it to the VM.

Step 13: Finally, close the virtual machine hardware settings window and start the operating system setup by running the VM.

Copyright © 2018 - 2024