How to Install Windows on VMware Fusion on Mac?
In September 2020 with the new update, VMware Fusion is supported on macOS. VMware Fusion 12 or later support macOS Catalina or later. Some of the earlier versions of macOS are also supported by the app.
Anyhow, for those who want to install Windows OS on VMware Fusion, this is the best place for them. As we are going to install Windows OS on VMware Fusion in macOS.
It doesn’t matter either you are performing the virtualization for what purpose, the real thing is that it is supported by the app officially. Here have used Windows 10 20H2 v2003 on VMware Fusion. You can use earlier versions of Windows 10 or even later versions too.
VMware Fusion: VMware Fusion is a virtualization software from VMware officials. Like VMware Workstation and VMware Player, VMware Fusion is also another distro by VMware. It is free for personal use and requires a license for organizations.
Here are some tasks that need to be done before we start the procedure.
- You will need to download VMware Fusion.
- Once downloaded, you will need to perform the installation of VMware Fusion.
- Download Windows 10 ISO File (we have downloaded Windows 10 20H2 v2003, however; you can choose any version that you like).
How to Install Windows on VMware Fusion?
Now that you have performed all the tasks given above. Let’s start the installation.
Make the File Accessible
This is the most basic step. You will need to place the downloaded Windows 10 file in a place that can be accessed easily.
Start VMware Fusion
Start VMware Fusion on your macOS. Once started, click on the Plus sign in the default window. Now click on the New button then click on Continue.
Select Disk Image for Virtualization
Now, you have started VMware Fusion and you are creating a virtual machine. In the Select the installation method window, you will need to click on the Install from disc or image option.
If you are familiar with dragging files in VMware, then drag the Windows 10 ISO file in VMware Fusion or click on “Use another disk or disk image…”. There you will need to select the ISO file of Windows 10 and click on Continue.
For those who have selected the wrong ISO file, they can change the ISO file by clicking on Use another disk or disc image…
Note: For some reason, Linux can’t determine the version of the image of your Window OS. So, be careful while selecting the Windows Image file/ISO file.
Choose Boot Firmware
Here you will need to click on Continue then choose the boot firmware version.
Boot Windows Setup file
Once all those steps are completed, your VMware will take you to the boot menu. Press any key for booting the setup file of Windows 10 in your VMware Fusion.
Installation of Windows 10
Moving from the boot menu, here you are in the pre-installation setup of Windows 10. Different options are provided that includes:
- Language to install
- Time and currency format
- Keyboard or input method
Select all the options given accordingly and click on Next. You will be taken to another window. Click on Install Now to start the installation.
Product key section will appear. Insert your Windows 10 product keys or skip this step.
Now, select the Custom: Install Windows Only (advanced) option.
In the driver section, select the drive and format it if needed. The format is only required when you have no space, or there is a chance of threats that might harm your system. Select the drive and click on Next.
The installation will take place. installation might take some time, so be patient. Once the installation got completed, the virtual machine will restart.
Configure Windows 10
Congratulation, you have almost installed Windows 10 VMware. A few steps to configure the Windows and you are ready to use the Windows OS.
In the Region section, select the place you are and then select the Keyboard layout and click on Yes.
If you have any secondary keyboard layout then in Add second keyboard layout, click on Add to add another layout or you can click on skip.
How would you like to set up? will appear. Select one of them:
- set up for personal use
- set up for organization
and click on Next.
In the personalization section, add email accounts, phone, or skype and click on Next.
Click on Limited experience, Security questions will be asked. Insert the questions and click on Next.
Choose privacy settings and click on Accept.
In the Cortana section, click on Not now or accept to use the app.
Some changes for improvements
Applause, you have successfully installed Windows on VMware Fusion. If you have used Windows 10 earlier version, then soon notifications of updates will pop up. it is totally up to you, either you want to update the OS or don’t.
We would recommend you to take snapshots of Windows OS to improve the performance and to decrease the size too. Eventually, Windows 10 takes more space as compared to other OS. Windows 10 has a total of 30+ GB of size which as compared to Linux (15 GB) is quite big.
Remember: Here are some points that you will need to keep in mind as they will be quite handy in the future.
- While installing Windows 10, you are not required to add real information in security questions.
- Turn off your internet for security reasons.
- For your Windows 10 password, try to use strong but easy. Instead of using X2(O268i>-;’’’ or
ABCD123 use Kylie289. Here the password is way easier to remember and strong enough to be broken easily.