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    How to Install Windows 10 as Virtual Machine in VMware Player
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    11 Jul 2015

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    How to Install Windows 10 as Virtual Machine in VMware Player

    information   Information
    VMware Player is a free desktop application that lets you run a virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to install either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10 as a virtual machine with VMware Tools in VMware Player.

    Note   Note
    VMware Player Host System Requirements
    The physical computer on which you install Player is called the host system and its operating system is called the host operating system. To run Player, the host system and the host operating system must meet specific hardware and software requirements.

    Processor Requirements for Host Systems
    You must install Player on a host system that meets certain processor requirements.

    Supported Processors
    • The host system must have a 64-bit x86 CPU that meets the following requirements.
    • LAHF/SAHF support in long mode only for older 64-bit CPUs produced before 2006.
    • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
    • Multiprocessor systems are supported.
    • When you install Player, the installer performs checks to make sure the host system has a supported processor.
    • You cannot install Player if the host system does not meet the processor requirements.

    Processor Requirements for 64-Bit Guest Operating Systems
    The operating system that runs inside a virtual machine is called the guest operating system. To run 64-bit guest operating systems, the host system must have one of the following processors. You can also run a 64-bit guest on a 32-bit host if the host computer meets these requirements.
    • An AMD CPU that has segment-limit support in long mode enabled in BIOS or UEFI
    • An Intel CPU that has VT-x support enabled in BIOS or UEFI
    • 4 GB of RAM


    Video by: essenbe






    Here's How:

    1. If you have not already, click/tap on the Download button below, click/tap on the VMware Workstation Player link at the site, and download and install the latest version of VMware Player. (see screenshots below)

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    2. If you have not already, download a Windows 10 ISO file, and save it where you like.

    3. Open VMware Player, and click/tap on Create a New Virtual Machine. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select (dot) the I will install the operating system later option, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Select (dot) Microsoft Windows for the guest operating system, select Windows 10 or Window 10 x64 for what version of Windows 10 you are installing in VirtualBox, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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    6. Type a name (ex: Windows 10 build 10166) you want for the Windows 10 virtual machine, browse to and select the folder where you want the virtual hard disk file to be created at, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)

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    7. Select how many GB (ex: 30 GB) that you want for the maximum size of the virtual disk, select (dot) Store virtual disk as a single file, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    32-bit Windows 10 should have a minimum of 16 GB, but recommended at least 20 GB.

    64-bit Windows 10 should have a minimum of 16 GB, but recommended at least 25 GB.


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    8. Click/tap on the Customize Hardware button. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Click/tap on Memory in the left pane, select or type in how much memory (1024 MB = 1 GB) to be allocated from your computer (host) for the virtual machine when running. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    I would recommend to use at minimum 2 GB if available to spare, but usually no more than 4 GB should be needed.


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    10. Click/tap on Processors in the left pane, select or type in how many of your computer's CPU processor cores you would like to be allocated for the virtual machine when running. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    By default, you will use at minimum 1.

    Ideally, 2 to 3 cores would be the sweet spot if you have a multicore CPU with enough cores to spare for the virtual machine when running.


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    11. Click/tap on New CD/DVD in the left pane, select (dot) Use ISO image file, browse to and select the Windows 10 ISO from step 2 above, and click/tap on Open. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshots below)

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    12. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    13. In VMware Player, double click/tap on the new virtual machine (ex: Windows 10 build 10166) to play it. (see screenshot below)

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    14. If prompted to install VMware Tools for Windows 2000 and later, click/tap on Download and Install. (see screenshots below)

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    15. You can now pick up at step 5 in the tutorial below to clean install Windows 10 in VMware Player. (see screenshot below)
    15. When finished installing Windows 10 as a virtual machine, click/tap on either the Install Tools button at the bottom, or the Player (menu bar) -> Manage -> Install VMware Tools option at the top. (see screenshot below)

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    16. Open This PC in File Explorer inside the virtual machine, and open the listed DVD Drive: VMware Tools. (see screenshot below)

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    17. Run the setup.exe file. (see screenshot below)

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    18. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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    19. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    20. Select (dot) Typical, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    21. Click/tap on Install. (see screenshot below)

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    21. When VMware Tools has finished installing, click/tap on Yes to restart the Windows 10 virtual machine. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    19 Sep 2015 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2014
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc

    This one covers things in detail. Another great job with this one! One thing I could add here is when arriving to select the VM Player down you will have to choose the Workstation Player option to arrive at the download page seen at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/fre...duct_downloads

    You will want that being the latest "Free" version released on June 15th prior to the August 15th release of the VM Workstation Player 12 which is a trial version not a freeware but has a 30 day evaluation period. You even have to click a numbered button each time you go to run it! Go with the 70 in the "Major" option and "7.1.2(latest)" seen in the "Minor" dropdown listing there. Note this is for the 64bit flavor of Windows or Linux only.


    • File NameVMware-player-7.1.2-2780323.exe
    • Build Number2780323
    • Release Date2015-06-15


    For the 32bit Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 you will want the 6.0 option in the "Major" selected and the "6.0(latest)" in the "Minor" there when going to select which one to download. VM ware at this time is leaning mostly towards the 64bit OS options.


    • File NameVMware-player-6.0.7-2844087.exe
    • Build Number2844087
    • Release Date2015-07-02


    https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/fre...duct_downloads
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  2.    19 Sep 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14393.5

    Thank you. Updated.
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  3.    19 Sep 2015 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 10,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit / Ubuntu 15.10 in a VM

    So, I just want to say thanks to @essenbe, for his video that inspired me to learn about using a VM, @Brink for creating a written step by step guide and @Night Hawk for the correct download link. I have downloaded and setup my very first VM ever(Ubuntu 15.04). It was sooooo easy, cool. No more dual booting and having to mess with the system clock settings in both OS's, is a big plus. And having 16GB RAM, where Win10 usually stay's below 3.8GB gives me a lot of room to give the VM the max memory, making it almost as responsive as a "real" install, and using an SSD helps too.

    It looks like I've found a new tool and hobby.

    I'll probably download and install the previews again(since I don't have any Win7 or 8 keys) to do software testing... hmmmm, this VM business has possibilities for me!!! Specially in testing theming & patching(I refuse to patch my host, because of the side effects).

    Once again THANK GUYS!!!
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  4.    19 Sep 2015 #4
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    NW Florida
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    Windows 10 Enterprise/Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise

    I'm glad it helps, Cliff.
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  5.    19 Sep 2015 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 10,450
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit / Ubuntu 15.10 in a VM

    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    I'm glad it helps, Cliff.
    @essenbe Hey Steve, I get this when I boot into the Ubuntu desktop now that I have everything setup:
    Code:
    none of the selected modes were compatible with the possible modes:
    Trying modes for CRTC 63
    CRTC 63: trying mode 800x600@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 2560x1600@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1920x1440@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1856x1392@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1792x1344@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1920x1200@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1600x1200@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1680x1050@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1400x1050@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1280x1024@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1440x900@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1280x960@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1360x768@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1280x800@60Hz with output at 1920x1080@60Hz (pass 0)
    CRTC 63: trying mode 1152x864@75Hz with output at
    It's not detrimental to running the OS, is this just a side effect, of running it in a VM?
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  6.    19 Sep 2015 #6
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    NW Florida
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    Windows 10 Enterprise/Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise

    I'm not sure. I have never received that error. Let me look and see what I can figure out, but I have found that display properties are usually different in a VM than a bare metal install.
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  7.    19 Sep 2015 #7
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    Windows 10 Enterprise/Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise

    @Cliff S in your VM hardware settings, do you have the Display settings set like this?

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  8.    19 Sep 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit / Ubuntu 15.10 in a VM

    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    I'm not sure. I have never received that error. Let me look and see what I can figure out, but I have found that display properties are usually different in a VM than a bare metal install.
    I can see that, for instance Ubuntu isn't seeing my AMD graphics card when I look for additional drivers, instead, I guess, it uses the VM's "driver". I don't know, remember this is my very 1st time, but it sounds logical.
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  9.    19 Sep 2015 #9
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit / Ubuntu 15.10 in a VM

    Quote Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
    @Cliff S in your VM hardware settings, do you have the Display settings set like this?

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ID:	38258 I hope you can read it, I'm working on a new color theme reg file.
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