Wish to test the Windows 8 OS on your PC without disturbing the native Windows 7 OS? Well, you can do this with the help of a third party software called VMware. In this tutorial, I am going to provide the procedure to install Windows 8 OS on VMware.
VMware is a software or a Virtual Machine Emulator designed to create several virtual machines as a guest OS without disturbing the native operating system. With VMware, you don’t even have to touch the concept of the dual boot to use multiple OS on your PC. This simple workaround will let you install Windows 8 OS using VMware virtual machine.
The following are required to install Windows 8 OS on your Windows 7 Computer.
- Windows 8 Media File (CD, DVD, or an ISO file), and
- VMware workstation 11 installed in your PC. If you don’t know how to do that, follow our tutorial to Install Typical VMware Workstation In Windows.
Steps To Install Windows 8 OS in VMware
Step 1: To get started, first, open your VMware workstation and select “Create New Virtual Machine“.
Step 2: Now “New VM Wizard” will open up. In the wizard, select the installation type and click “Next“.
You can either choose “Typical” or “Custom” as per your needs. For this tutorial purpose, I am selecting the type as “Custom“.
Step 3: In this screen, you can change the hardware compatibility of your New Virtual Machine as per your needs. Just click “Next” to accept the default settings.
Step 4: The next step is to choose the path where your windows media file, i.e., the ISO file is stored. Click “Browse” to select the path and once selected, VMware will automatically detect the OS. Click “Next” to continue to the next screen.
Step 5: Enter the Windows 8 Product key in the next screen and click “Next“.
Note: In this window, you can also enter the name and password which will further act as the Windows Login password. But this is purely optional.
Step 6: The next screen will let you to set a name for your new virtual machine. You can also choose the location using the “Browse” button in this Window. Click “Next” to continue.
Step 7: You can change the processor configuration in the next screen, but it is advisable to accept the default settings and click “Next“.
Step 8: In the next window, you can set the size of the memory that needs to be allocated to the new VM. Select your desired size and click “Next“.
Step 9: Choose the network type in the next screen. The available network types are:
- Use bridged networking
- Use network address translation (NAT)
- Use host-only networking
- Do not use a network connection.
I recommend you to choose the first option, and once selected click “Next.”
Step 10: In the next screen, you can select the I/O controller types and after selecting it, click “Next“.
Step 11: Now select a disk that you want to use for the new VM in the next window. I am selecting “Create a New Virtual Disk” and click “Next“.
Step 12: Next, select the disk type and tap “Next“. Here SCSI is selected.
Step 13: Specify the disk capacity in the next window and tap “Next“.
Step 14: Review the selected options and click “Finish” to begin the installation. The installation might take up to 30 minutes.
Welcome to your Windows 8 Desktop.
That’s it. You have now installed Windows 8 OS on VMware. Start using the new guest Operating system.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know using the comments section below.