How to Install Windows 11 on VMware on Windows 10 PC

BuildSomeTech
7 min readJul 6, 2021

Want to install Windows 11 on VMware?

If yes, then this post is definitely for you.

On June 24, Microsoft released its latest version of the Windows OS.

And after the release of Windows 11, everyone was so thrilled with the new design and features it provides.

One thing which I loved the most is the new Start Menu design.

And if you also want to experience it on your PC / Laptop, then VMware is the best tool to use.

In my recent posts, I have also shared a detailed guide on installing Windows 11 on Virtualbox virtual machines.

And now in this post, I am sharing this guide on VMware.

So let’s get started…

How to Install Windows 11 on VMware Workstation on Windows 10 PC

But before moving forward.

Here is a quick overview of VMware Workstation.

It is a software app that helps you to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single machine. Using this software you can easily run two machines at the same time with the help of a technology called Virtualization.

And please make sure you have all the things that are required for this Win 11 installation purpose.

1. VMware Workstation Player
2. Windows 11 ISO Image File

Once you have all the above files with you, then you can move forward.

In this tutorial, I will show how to install windows 11 on a VMware workstation on Windows 10 PC.

Note:- Please make sure that you have enabled the Secure Boot and PC is compatible with the TPM 2.0 version.

So, let’s get started & follow this step-by-step guide.

1. Install VMware Workstation

First, Download and Install VMware Workstation Pro. And it’s pretty easy, just you have to run the file and then follow the on-screen instruction.

Install VMware Workstation

2. Create a Windows 11 Virtual Machine

Now open the VMware Workstation & here you have 3 options, one to create a new machine, the second one to Open a Virtual Machine, and the third one to connect to a Remote Server. So click on Create a New Virtual Machine.

Create a New Virtual Machine

After that select, the Typical (recommended) option and then click on Next.

Select Typical (recommended)

Now here you will find 3 options, one “Installer disc“, the second “Installer disc image file”, and the third one “I will install the operating system later”. So select the last option & then click on Next.

I will install the operating system later

Now select Microsoft Windows as the Guest operating system and then select the version as Windows 10 x64 & then click on Next.

Select Windows 10 x64 (64-bit)

Now enter the Virtual machine name as Windows 11 and the location will be preconfigured, so select Next.

Enter Virtual Machine name as Windows 11

3. Create a Virtual Hard drive

After that you need to create a virtual hard drive, so specify the “Disk Capacity” and then select “Store virtual disk as a single file” & then click on Next.

Create a Virtual Hard drive

Note:- Please select the Maximum disk size as 70 GB which is sufficient for installing Windows 11.

4. Setting Up Windows 11 VMware Virtual Machine

Now under the Ready to Create Virtual Machine, click on Customize Hardware option.

Create a Virtual Hard drive

After that in the Memory section, select at least 2GB RAM. Also, it is recommended that you only allocate half of the host system RAM and not more than that.

Select at least 2GB RAM Memory

Now Click on Processors and then select Number of processors as 2 and the Number of cores per processor as 2. And the minimum required cores by Windows 11 is also 2 Core CPU.

Select Number of Cores per processor as 2

At last select New CD/DVD/(SATA) option and then Use ISO image file and then click on Browse…

Select Use ISO image file and then Browse

Now navigate to the Windows 11 ISO file and then select & click on Open. After that close the Hardware Settings.

Select Windows 11 ISO File and Open

5. Installing Windows 11 on VMware Virtual Machine

Once all the above settings are saved, Now open the VMware workstation and then click on Power on this virtual machine.

Click on Power on this Virtual Machine

Now it will start booting and loading Windows 11 installation files. So, Now select the Language to install and then click on Next.

Select Language to Install and then Click on Next

Now click on Install now button.

Click on Install Now Button

After that it will ask you to Activate Windows, so click on I don’t have a product key link.

Click on I don’t have a Product Key Link

Now under the Select the operating system you want to install section, select the desired version like Windows 11 Pro, and then click on Next.

Select Windows 11 Pro and then Next

After that under the Applicable notices and license terms section, enable the checkbox and then click on Next.

Enable the checkbox and then Click on Next

Now under Which type of installation do you want? section, click on the “Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)” option.

Select Custom Install Windows Only option

After that under Where do you want to install Windows section, create a new partition from the Unallocated Space and then click on Apply.

Create a New Partition from Unallocated Space

Now select the newly created partition and then click on Next.

Select the Newly Created Partition and then Next

Now, it will start installing the Windows files. So wait for few minutes.

Installing Windows Files

Now once all the files are copied, it will automatically Restart.

6. Finalizing Windows 11 Settings

Now after a restart, It will ask you for some settings like select your Region and then click on YES.

Now Select your Region and then click on YES

After that select the Keyboard layout as US and then click on YES.

Now if you want to add a second keyboard layout then you can do it or simply click on Skip.

Want to add a Second Keyboard Layout

Now select Set up for personal use and then click on Next. And then Login to your Microsoft account and then click on Next.

Now select Choose privacy settings for your device according to you and then click on Accept.

And Done! You have successfully installed Windows 11 on a virtual machine using Vmware Workstation.

Running Windows 11 on a Vmware Virtual Machine

That’s all for today…

Wrapping Up

So that’s all about the installation part of Windows 11 on the Vmware workstation and if you are using the free trial version of VMware then I would like to suggest you to give it a try to Virtualbox. I have already shared the links in the starting which has a full detailed guide on it.

Also, Windows 11 is not stable yet and that’s why it’s better to use it on a virtual machine first instead of directly installing it on your host system.

Stay tuned for the latest posts…

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