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Creating a new virtual machine in VMware Player and VMware Workstation Player (2013483)

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This article provides steps to create a new virtual machine in VMware Player and VMware Workstation Player.


To install a new virtual machine in VMware Player and VMware Workstation Player:

  1. Open VMware Player/VMware Workstation Player.
  2. Insert your operating system install disc into your CD/DVD drive.

    Note: If you do not have an install disc, use a disc image file ( .iso). For more information on creating a virtual machine using an image file, see Installing guest operating systems from ISO images (1002).

  3. For Player 4.x and below: Click File > Create a New Virtual Machine.
    For Player 5.x and above: Click Player > File > New Virtual Machine.

    The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens and recognizes the operating system on the install disc or image file.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter the required information, such as user name, password, and license key (if required). Click Next.
  6. Provide a name for the virtual machine and choose a location to save. Click Next
  7. Adjust the disk size as required and choose either to store the file as a single file or to split it into multiple files. Click Next.
  8. To make changes to the virtual hardware, click Customize Hardware and modify as required.

    Note: You can also retain the default values.

  9. Click Finish.

    VMware Player starts installing your new virtual machine. The screen flickers a few times as the virtual machine restarts to complete the installation. After the operating system installation completes, VMware Player continues with the installation of VMware Tools inside the virtual machine. After the VMware Tools installation completes, use your newly configured virtual machine.

See Also

Update History

02/12/2014 - Updated for Player 7.x

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