How to Install a Virtual Machine in VMware Fusion on Mac

This article shows how to create a new virtual machine on a Mac using VMware Fusion 12 Pro on macOS.

VMware Fusion is a virtualization software developed for Apple Mac OS X operating systems that allows you to run multiple virtual machines on your computer simultaneously.

After installing the Fusion virtualization software on your Mac computer, you can set up a Windows, Linux, or macOS virtual computer by following this video tutorial or the steps below.

Step 1: Visit the VMware website to download the VMware Fusion 12 Pro trial version or free version Player on your Mac.


Step 2: Scroll down the developer’s website and download the Pro or Player to your computer.

Step 3: After downloading the Installer file with the DMG extension, double-click on it, and after the installation wizard opens, click the Fusion icon and install.

Step 4: Open Applications on macOS and run VMware Fusion.

Step 5: In the Select the Installation Method window, select Create a custom virtual machine and click Continue to create a manual VM.

Step 6: In the Choose Operating System window, select one of the Windows, Linux, Apple OS X, VMware ESX, or other systems you want to install, and after selecting the system version, click Continue.

Step 7: In the Choose Firmware Type window, select Legacy BIOS if you will install the old version of Windows or other systems. If you will install Windows 10, tick the relevant option and Secure Boot since the system supports UEFI.

Step 8: In the Choose a Virtual Disk window, you can add the virtual disk of the previously installed VM to the VM you created again. Select Create a new virtual disk to install Windows from scratch and click Continue.

Step 9: In the Finish window, you can see the summary information of the VM you have configured. Click Customize Settings to make the VM’s settings more detailed and add an ISO image.

Step 10: Click Processors & Memory under System Settings and assign two processors to the virtual machine and a suitable memory value according to the RAM capacity of your host computer.

Step 11: Click CD/DVD (SATA) under Removable Devices, select Choose a disc or disc image from the drop-down list in the open window, and add the ISO file.

Step 12: Run your virtual computer and install Windows, Linux, or macOS.

Step 13: After installing the Guest operating system, click Virtual Machine / Install VMware Tools in the toolbar and run the wizard.

Step 14: To fit the screen resolution of your guest machine to full screen and to transfer files with your Mac, install VMware Tools and restart your system.

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