How to Install Windows Vista using VMware Workstation

This article shows how to set up Windows Vista Ultimate on a new virtual machine using VMware Workstation 16 Pro on Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows Vista was known under the codename Longhorn before its announcement on July 22, 2005. It was developed on November 8, 2006, and launched on January 30, 2007.

The Windows Vista operating system has a new excellent user interface and a visual innovation called Windows Aero. Microsoft has made this operating system more flexible to share files or digital media between home users’ computers.

Today, users who want to experience using the Vista system may be unable to install them on their computers with new technology hardware because new storage interfaces such as NVMe do not support older operating systems.

However, users must have an old computer or can easily install this system on host devices with virtual machine programs such as VMware.

You can watch this video or follow the steps below to install Windows Vista on the virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: Install VMware 16 Pro from this article to run a virtual computer on your Windows 10 computer.

Step 2: After installing VMware Pro, download the Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit SP2 ISO file used in this video tutorial from the link below.

Step 3: Run the VMware virtualization program after downloading the Microsoft Vista ISO file to your computer.

Step 4: Click Create a New Virtual Machine from Workstation Pro’s homepage options.

Step 5: In the New Virtual Machine Wizard window, select Custom (Advanced) to configure advanced settings and click Next.

Step 6: In the VMware virtual machine compatibility window, select the Workstation version (16. x) installed on your computer, and then click the Next button.

Step 7: In the Guest operating system selection window, select the I will install the operating system later, and click Next.

Step 8: Select “Windows Vista Ultimate x64” in the Guest Operating System window and click Next.

Step 9: In the Name and Platform window, type a different name from your other installed virtual machines and choose a location on your external hard drive for the installation location or use the default location.

Step 10: In the Firmware Type window, select BIOS for Vista and continue.

Step 11: In the Processor window, specify one processor and four core numbers for the Vista virtual machine. If your host’s processor hardware is the new generation, you can configure the values here according to your wishes.

Step 12: In the Memory window, set a minimum value of 4 GB RAM for Windows Vista to run more smoothly.

Step 13: In the Network Type window, select the NAT adapter to use a different IP block than your host’s IP block, or you can include the VM in the network where your host is with Bridge.

Step 14: In the I/O Controller Types window, click Next to use the LSI Logic controller type selected by default.

Step 15: Select the SATA disk structure in the Select a Disk Type window and click Next.

Step 16: In the Select a Disk window, select Create a New Virtual Disk and click Next to create a new disk for a clean system installation.

Step 17: In the Specify Disk Capacity window, configure the virtual disk size for Vista and check the Store virtual disk option to back up as a single file type instead of multiple files on your host and continue.

Step 18: After creating a new virtual machine for WinVista, add the ISO file you downloaded to your computer and virtual device.

Step 19: Click the Power on this virtual machine button to run the VM and press Enter on the x64 option in the Boot Manager interface of Windows Vista. When you reach the setup screen, do the installation step by step.

Step 20: After installing the Windows Vista system, click on VM / Install VMware Tools from the menu. When the installation wizard opens, click Next and complete the installation by selecting the installation type as Complete and restart your VM for the changes to take effect.

Step 21: After installing VMware Tools, you can transfer files between your host and your virtual machine, use the host’s hardware, or create a shared space by creating a Shared Folder.

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