How to install VMWare Workstation

Today we are going to install the VMWare workstation on Windows 10. The first thing we need to do is to download it from the VMWare website. Please use the VMware Download link for downloading the VMWare workstation.

VMWare Download Link
VMWare Download Link

Press the DOWNLOAD NOW link on the website (mark with yellow), for starting to download. Once the download process is finished, we can start the installation.

Using WMVare you will be able to run multiple systems, operating systems. This can include the following, but not only:

  • Microsoft windows like Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server Family.
  • Linux likes Ubuntu, Kali Linux, and Debian.
  • Others like MS-DOS, Solaris, and NetWare.

And many more!

How to install VMWare Workstation on Windows 10:

Please double-click on the downloaded file. You will see a notice, a UAC screen, asking you if you are allowing this app to make changes to your device.

VMWare UAC
VMWare UAC

This is how the software tells you it needs a higher privilege to successfully install VMWare on your system. You can also validate, by the name, that this is for VMWare, and not other software. Please provide it the option to make changes, by pressing the Yes button.

VMWare Workstation Setup
VMWare Workstation Setup

VMWare setup started. We are about to install VMWare Workstation Pro 16 on your Windows 10 system. Prest Next to continue with the installation.

VMware End User License Agreement
VMware End User License Agreement

VMware Workstation End User License Agreement screen. Please read carefully the license and the user agreement. If you accept the terms and license agreement that you just read. Select the checkbox and press the Next button. If not you can exit the installation by pressing the Cancel button. If needed you can print this agreement by pressing the Print button (note that a printer needs to be connected to the system).

VMWare Custom Installation:

VMWare Custom Setup
VMWare Custom Setup

Here you can customize your installation. You can change the location folder that VMWare Workstation will be installed to. You can select the Enhanced Keyboard Driver for better support to the Keyboard on the VMWare stations. I selected this option.

You can also add the tools that it installed to your PATH. This will give you the option to use VMWare tools from the command line.

VMWare User Experience Settings
VMWare User Experience Settings

If you want to stay up to date with your VMWare system. Select the first option and you will be notified when a new version will be out.

The second option will help both, you as the user and VMWare as the software provider. This will be done by VMWare to collect usage stats and tech details from your usage of the software and also provide you with better support and advice.

 

VMWare Shortcuts
VMWare Shortcuts

In this screen, you can decide if you want to add shortcuts for your newly installed VMWare on the desktop and in the Start Menu.

VMWare Ready To Install
VMWare Ready To Install

In my case, DirectX is not installed yet on this system. Mean that 3D acceleration will not be presented. You may see a different screen here. In my case, I am pressing the Install button to continue with the installation.

Installing VMWare Workstation Pro
Installing VMWare Workstation Pro

 

The installation progress is running. You can already note that it added the VMWare icon shortcut to my desktop. Let’s wait for it to finish.

VMWare Completed the Installation
VMWare Completed the Installation

VMWare Workstation installation is completed. Let’s press the Finish button to end the installation.

VMWare Reboot Needed
VMWare Reboot Needed

We need to reboot. Remember we mark the Enhanced Keyboard Driver in one of the previous steps. Now is the time for that reboot. Let’s reboot the system and wait till it is ready again.

Installation finished let’s start VMWare:

VMWare Serial Number
VMWare Serial Number

After the reboot. when you open VMWare it will ask you for a license key. If you bought one, please enter it now. If you want you can buy one using the Buy now link. Also, you can evaluate VMWare Workstation 16 for 30 days. Select what works for you and press the Continue button.

 

VMWare Administrator Privilege Needed
VMWare Administrator Privilege Needed

 

Due to the nature of this software, working with hardware it is asking for your permission to use Administrator privilege to run. Press Yes to continue.

Welcome To VMWare Workstation
Welcome To VMWare Workstation

Welcome To VMWare Workstation! Press Finish starting VMWare Workstation.

 

VMWare Workstation
VMWare Workstation

This is the main screen for your working VMWare. Now you can create new virtual machines and/or open existing ones. I hope this How to install VMWare Workstation guide helps you.

 

 

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