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We have created this post to show the complete procedure to install Windows 11 on VMWare Workstation as a Virtual Machine. Let’s get started.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

Procedure to Install Windows 11 on VMWare

  1. Open the new Virtual Machine Wizard1. Fire up VMWare Workstation
    2. Go to File -> New Virtual Machine or Ctrl + N
    3. Select Custom Wizard and click Next
    Open the new Virtual Machine Wizard
  2. Choose VM Hardware Compatibility1. Choose the compatible hardware from the drop-down
    2. Click Next
    Choose VM Hardware Compatibility
  3. Select to install operating system later option1. Select to install operating system later option
    2. Click Next
    Select to install operating system later option
  4. Select the guest operating system1. select Windows 10 since we don’t have the windows 11 option included yet.
    2. Click Next
    Select Microsoft Windows as Guiest Operating System
  5. Virtual Machine Name & Location1. Give the Virtual Machine Name & Location
    2. Click Next
    Virtual Machine Name & Location
  6. Select Firmware Type1. You can select either BIOS or UEFI. Note: Only new boards supports UEFI.
    2. Click Next
    Select Firmware Type
  7. Allocate the number of processors you need1. Allocate how many processors you need. This depends on your host machine’s hardware.
    2. Click Next
    Select the number of processors you need
  8. Set the Memory for the virtual machine1. This depends on your host machine’s hardware. You should leave the memory to run the host machine without hazels.
    2. Click Next
    Set the Memory for the virtual machine
  9. Select Network Connection settings for the VM1. Four option are available to select. Please read and select your desired network setting.
    2. Click Next
    Network Connection settings for VM
  10. Choose the approriate storage IO controller1. Choose the approriate storage IO controller
    2. Click Next
    Choose the appropriate storage IO controller
  11. Select the disk type for the VM1. Select the available disk type on your host machine.
    2. Click Next
    Select the disk type for the VM
  12. Select the virtual disk for the VM1. Select the virtual disk for the VM if not create a new disk
    2. Click Next
    Select the virtual disk for the VM
  13. Assign the disk size for the VM
    You can select a single or split virtual disk option. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. But, if you want to move the disk to a different location you can select the split virtual disk.
    Allocate the disk size and click next.
    Assign the disk size for the VM
  14. Give the path where you want to keep the VM disk1. Give the location where you want to save the disk.
    2. Click Next.
    Give the path where you want to keep the VM disk
  15. Create the VM1. VM settings are ready to create the VM.
    2. Click Finish
    VM settings are ready to create the VM
  16. Load the ISO image to boot the VM1. Select use ISO image file
    2. Browse the ISO image
    3. Click Ok
    Select the ISO image to boot the VM
  17. All set to power on the VMAll set to power on the VM
  18. First boot screen of Windows 11First boot screen of Windows 11
  19. Windows 11 installation wizardInstallation wizard will appear in a couple of seconds after the boot
    1. Select the language time and keyboard settings
    2. Click Next
    Windows 11 installation wizard
  20. Install Windows 11Click on Install Now

    Instal Windows 11
  21. Enter the product keyClick on I don’t have the product key if you want to register later the installationEnter Windows 11 product key
  22. Select the Windows 11 version1. Select the version you want to install
    2. Click Next
    Select the Windows 11 version
  23. Accept License AgreementAccept License Agreement
  24. Select installation methodSelect custom installation if you are doing a fresh installation. Or, select upgrade if you are upgrading your Windows 10 to Windows 11.

    Select installation method
  25. Select the installation disk for installationSelect the disk and click on Next to install Windows 11. If you want to create additional logical partitions then select the disk and click on new assign the partition size. You can create multiple partitions within available storage.

    Select the installation disk to install Windows 11
  26. Installing Windows 11The installation will start immediately after you click Next.Installing Windows 11
  27. Windows getting ready after the installation completsWindows getting ready after the installation complets
  28. First screen to Windows setup wizardSelect your country of origin in the first Windows setup wizardFirst screen to Windows setup wizard
  29. Keyboard settings in the setup wizardKeyboard settings in the setup wizard
  30. Connect to the network in setup wizardConnect to the network in setup wizard
  31. Create user name in the setup wizardCreate user name in the setup wizard
  32. Choose the privacy settings you wantChoose the privacy settings you want
  33. Windows is setting up for the first timeThis process may take few minutes, don’t turn off the machine until it completes the process.Windows is setting up for the first time
  34. First look of Windows 11First look of Windows 11

 

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