How to Create a New Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation 15

VMware Workstation Pro is a virtualization software (hosted on Windows and Linux) that allows users to run virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters. It’s quite easy to create a new virtual machine in VMware Workstation.

We have two approaches to create a VM in VMware Workstation.

  • Select the File menu and select “New Virtual Machine”.
  • Select “Create a New Virtual Machine” large button.

VMware WorkStation

Once again, we will have two types of configurations to create a virtual machine in VMware Workstation. We will choose the custom to change option according to our requirements.

  • Typical (recommended)
    Create a Workstation 15.x virtual machine in a few easy steps.
  • Custom (advanced)
    Create a virtual machine with advanced options, such as SCSI controller type, virtual disk type, and compatibility with older VMware products.

Virtual Machine Wizard

Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility:  We are installing the latest Operating system so we don’t need to change any option and select next.

Virtual Machine Compatibility

Guest Operating System Installation: We can choose either we want to install an operating system now or later. If you want to install now, then select the browse option and select operating system media in ISO format.

Operating System Installation

Easy Install information: This is optional to provide this information to automate the installation, if you will provide this information, Windows 10 will be installed and activated automatically. We will skip this and select next.

Win10 Easy Install

Name the Virtual Machine: We need to enter a virtual machine name and location where this virtual machine will store. By default, the path is the document folder of logged in user. We can change this path in the Edit menu by selecting preferences.

Name Virtual Machine

Firmware Type: We will select UEFI which more powerful and has advanced features.

Firmware Type

Processor Configuration: Select 1 processor core which is quite enough for Windows 10

Processor Configuration

Memory for Virtual Machine: We can assign up to 64 GB memory but 4 GB to 8 GB is enough for Windows 10.

Virtual Machine Memory

Network Type: There is 4 type of networks which you can set up, however, network address translation (NAT) is quite common.

VM Network Type

Select I/O controller Types: LSI Logic SAS is recommended for  Windows 10 64bit.

I/O Controller VM

Select a Disk Type: There is 5 type of disks, but SCSI is recommended for Windows 10 64bit.

VM Disk Type

Select a Disk: Select create a new virtual disk

Select a Disk

Specify Disk Capacity: Here we will assign disk capacity which will be different for each operating system.

VM Disk Capacity

Specify Disk File: Disk files are created with the same name as a virtual machine or you can change it.

VM Disk File

Ready to Create Virtual Machine: Here you will find all the details which were required to create a virtual machine. You can also change the hardware settings (select Customize Hardware) such as memory, CPU, hard disk, etc. Check the option “Power on this virtual machine after creation” if you want to start the virtual machine once created.

Create VM Vmware Workstation

A new virtual machine has been created in VMware Workstation and you can start the virtual machine.

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