Installing a guest operating system inside your virtual machine is essentially the same as installing it on a physical computer.

The basic steps for a typical operating system are described in this section. See Guest Operating System Installation Guide for more information on individual guest operating systems.


It might be necessary to change the boot order in the virtual machine’s BIOS settings. However, sometimes a virtual machine’s boot sequence progresses too quickly for a user to open a console to the virtual machine and enter BIOS setup. If this happens, select the Boot Options option on the Options tab of the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box, and select The next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into the BIOS setup screen. The virtual machine will enter the BIOS setup the next time it boots.