Installing Windows 8 VMware

Windows 8 installation, VMware

Installing VMware

This article will be your guide for the Windows 8 installation of VMware workstation. Before installing the VMware Workstation for Windows 8, the users must have two things:

  1. VMware Workstation, that is downloadable
  2.  Windows 8 ISO, that also is downloadable

 

Windows 8 installation steps for VMware

Using Custom (advanced) option to install the VMware. Follow the steps:

  • Open VMware Workstation and select New Virtual Machine
  • Alternately, press CTRL + N in VMware Workstation.
  • Select Custom (advanced) and click Next.
  • Click Next and select Installer disc image (iso) and click Browse
  • Navigate to the location where Windows 8 ISO is downloaded/located, select it and click Open.
  • Click Next and insert the Windows product key if you have one.
  • If you don’t have one just leave the fields empty
  • Click Next and validate the prompt.
  • Type a new name for Virtual machine name or leave it as is.
  • Select the location of the virtual machine and make sure you have at least 16GB for 32-bit Windows 8 and 20GB for 64-bit Windows 8 free space in the selected location .
  • According to Microsoft, 30GB is better to avoid running out of free space.
  • Select Number of processors to match the ones and Number of cores per processor.
  • For a single core CPU it is one, for a dual-core CPU it is two, for a quad-core CPU it is four and so on.
  • This will ensure the virtual machine is functioning at optimum parameters.
  • Click Next and select the RAM memory size that you want to allocate to the virtual machine.
  • Microsoft recommends a minimum of 1GB for 32-bit Windows 8 and 2GB for 64-bit Windows 8.

    Windows 8 installation, VMware

    Installing VMware

  • However, it is better to have double in the minimum requirements for a smoother operation.
  • Click Next, Next and select Create a new virtual disk to set up from scratch.
  • The other two options should be left alone for inexperienced users.
  • Click Next, Next and allocate at least the minimum recommended space.
  • Select Store virtual disk as a single file for optimum performance.
  • Click Next and use a different name for the disk file or leave as is.
  • Click Next then Finish and the install process will start.

 

These steps will help in installing the VMware for Windows 8.

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