How to install Windows 8 on VMware Workstation

This tutorial will teach you how to install Windows 8 on VMware


In this tutorial you are going to learn how to install windows 8 on vmware workstation.

Step # 1 –Locate the Windows 8 File

First off, you need to open VMware Workstation. Click the “File” button then, “New Virtual Machine.” In the window that appears make sure the “Typical” option is selected then click “Next”. Click the “Browse” button and located your Windows 8 ISO file.

Locating the Windows 8 ISO

Step # 2 – Customizing the Virtual Hardware

When you have located the file click on it, then click “Open” and “Next”. Choose the guest operating system to be “Other” and then the version to be “Other” as well. Click “Next” twice. In this window change the “Maximum disk size” to “40” and click “Next”. Now click “Customize Hardware…” and increase the memory of the virtual machine to 2 GB or above, click “Close”.

Increase the machines virtual memory

Step # 3 – Starting the Installation

In the VMware workstation window, Windows 8 will start to boot, maximize the window to make the installation easier. In the install window click “Next” then “Install now”. Choose the “x86” architecture, then accept the terms and conditions and select “Custom: Install Windows only”. Choose the only available drive and click “Next”.

Selecting a custom installation

Step # 4 – Setting up Windows 8

The installation will then begin and this can take some time. Once it has completed the computer will restart automatically. Windows 8 will boot and you will be able to customize its features, choose a name for the PC, and a username for yourself, set a password if you wish. Finally click “Finish”.

The installation

Step # 5 – Finalizing the Install

Windows will finalize your settings and go through a few colorful screens. Eventually Windows 8 will start and you will be presented with the “Metro” interface. This is how to install windows 8 on vmware workstation.

Successfully installed Windows 8 on VMware