Installing VMware Fusion on a Mac

Installing VMware Fusion on a Mac


For a more detailed set of instructions please refer to the getting started guide provided by VMware.


Installing Fusion

  1. Double-click VMware-Fusion-<1.x.x>-<xxxxx>.dmg to mount it.
    • The contents of the disk image are displayed in a VMware Fusion Finder window
  2. Browse to the VMware Fusion volume, and double-click the VMware Fusion icon to launch the Installation Assistant.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Assistant to install VMware Fusion. At the end of the installation, the Assistant prompts for your serial number.
  4. Enter your serial number.
    • You can continue without entering a serial number, but you cannot power on a virtual machine until you have entered a valid serial number. You can
      enter your serial number at any time by choosing VMware Fusion >

 Installing Windows Virtual Machine

  1. From the Virtual Machine Library window, click the New button or choose File > New.
    • The New Virtual Machine Assistant launches.
  2. In the Introduction panel, click Continue.
  3. In the Operating System panel, select an operating system and version for the new virtual machine.
  4. In the Name panel, enter the name for the virtual machine in the Save as field.
    • By default, the virtual machine will be saved in your <user>/Documents/Virtual Machines folder. To browse for a different location, select Other from the Where field.
  5. In the Virtual Hard Disk panel, set the maximum size for the virtual hard disk.

The Advanced Disk Options section provides the following choices:

      • „ Allocate all disk space now – This option gives somewhat better performance for your virtual machine. However, if you allocate all the disk now, you will not be able to use the VMware Tools shrink disk feature later. Allocating all disk space now is a time-consuming operation that cannot be canceled, and requires as much physical disk space as you specify for the virtual disk.
      • Split disk into 2GB files – Select this option if your virtual machine will be used in a hard drive with a file system that does not support files larger than 2GB.„
      • Use an Existing Virtual Disk – Select this option to use an existing virtual disk. Enter the existing virtual disk (.vmdk) file, including the path, or click Choose to browse for the file.
  1. In the Windows Easy Install panel, select Use Easy Install.
    • Enter your Name, Password (optional) and Windows Product key.

The entry in the Name field is displayed in information boxes as the name your Windows software is registered to. It is not the Windows user name. The entry in the Password field is the password for the windows administrator account only. The Product key is not provided by VMware. It is on the sticker attached to the packaging for the Windows operating system CD-ROM.

    • Select Make your home folder accessible to the virtual machine to have Windows Easy Install configure your home folder as a shared folder, so you can share files between the virtual machine and your Mac.
    • Select whether the virtual machine can Read only or Read & Write.
  1. In the Finish panel:
    • Leave the option Start virtual machine and install operating system now selected.
    • If you are installing Windows from an installation disc, put the disc in your Mac CD/DVD drive and select the option Use operating system installation disc.

If you are installing from a disc image file, select the option Use operating system installation disc image file, and browse to the file.

  1. Click Finish.

VMware Fusion installs Windows. This can take up to 45 minutes. After
installing Windows, VMware Fusion installs VMware Tools, and powers on
the virtual machine

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