In order to get the maximum out of their investments, many users prefer installing multiple operating systems on the same computer using any of the available desktop virtualization applications. Examples of such desktop virtualization applications include:
- Microsoft Virtual PC
- VMware Workstation
- VMware Player
- Oracle VirtualBox, etc.
With the help of these desktop virtualization applications, each virtual machine (guest computer) that runs inside the physical computer (host machine) is treated as a separate entity, and can be paused, restarted, shutdown, etc. just like a regular physical computer.
Below is the process that instructs the users about creating a virtual machine in VMware Workstation, installing an operating system on the created virtual machine, and running the installed OS successfully.
How to Install Windows 8 on a Virtual Machine Using VMware Workstation 8
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator of standard user account.
- Make sure that VMware workstation 8.0 is installed on computer.
- Also ensure that Windows 8 installation media is inserted into the optical media drive.
- From the Start screen, click VMware Workstation tile.
- On the opened VMware Workstation window, click Create a New Virtual Machine from the Home tab.
- On the opened New Virtual Machine Wizard window, click to select Custom (advanced) radio button, and click Next.
- On Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility page, make sure that Workstation 8.0 is selected from the Hardware compatibility drop-down list.
- Click Next to continue.
- On Guest Operating System Installation page, click to select I will install the operating system later radio button, and click Next. Optionally, Installer disc image file (iso) radio button can also be clicked if users have an ISO image of Windows 8.
- On Select Guest Operating System page, make sure that Microsoft Windows radio button is selected under Guest operating system section.
- On the same page, select Windows 7 x64 operating system from the Version drop-down list, and click Next.
- On Name the Virtual Machine page, specify a name to Windows 8 virtual machine in Virtual machine name field.
- On Location field, click Browse button to browse for the destination location where Windows 8 virtual machine is to be stored.
- Click Next to continue.
- On Processor Configuration page, leave everything as default, and click Next.
- On Memory for the Virtual Machine page, specify the memory size (in MB) that is available for use in Memory for this virtual machine field, and click Next. (Recommended memory for Windows 8 is 1 GB)
- On Network Type page, click to select Use bridged networking radio button.
- On Select I/O Controller Types page, ensure that LSI Logic SAS radio button is selected, and click Next.
- On Select a Disk page, make sure that Create a new virtual disk radio button is selected, and click Next.
- On Select a Disk Type page, make sure that SCSI (recommended) radio button is selected, and click Next.
- On Specify Disk Capacity page, specify the appropriate disk size (in GB) in Maximum disk size field.
Note: The recommended disk size for Windows 8 is 60 GB. However, users can increase the disk size as per their requirement.
- On the same page, click to select Store virtual disk as a single file radio button, and click Next.
- On Specify Disk File page, click Browse button to browse for the destination location where Windows 8 virtual hard disk file is to be saved.
- On Ready to Create Virtual Machine page, click Finish.
- As the virtual machine is created, a new tab is displayed named Windows 8 x64.
Note: Name of the tab may vary according to the name of virtual machine provided earlier by users in step 11.
- On Windows 8 x64 tab, click Power on this virtual machine to start the installation process of Windows 8.
- Once powered on, follow on-screen instructions thereafter.
Note: In order to install 64-bit version of Windows 8, users must have the Virtualization Technology (VT) supported motherboard that must be enabled in BIOS.