When you create a Microsoft Windows virtual machine, you can use the VMware Fusion Windows Easy Install feature to install the Windows operating system you supply and to install VMware Tools in your virtual machine.

Insert the operating system installation CD into your Mac.


VMware Fusion does not include any operating systems to install in virtual machines that you create. You must obtain the operating system and any necessary product keys.


Select File > New.

The Create a New Virtual Machine assistant starts.


Click Install from disc or image.


Select the disc you inserted into the Mac from the list and click Continue.

If the disc does not appear in the list, click Use another disc or disc image and browse to the location of the disc.


In the Windows Easy Install panel, select Use Easy Install.


Enter your Display Name or Account Name, Password (optional), and Windows Product key.

For Windows XP and earlier, the entry in the Display Name field appears in Info windows 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. VMware does not provide the product key. The product key is on the sticker attached to the packaging for the Windows operating system CD-ROM.


Click Continue.


In the Integration panel, indicate how basic file sharing is handled in the new virtual machine.



More Seamless

VMware Fusion shares your Mac’s documents and applications with Windows. Files on your Mac that Windows supports open in Windows. Windows can modify your Mac’s documents, so install and regularly update Windows antivirus software.

More Isolated

VMware Fusion does not share your Mac’s documents and applications with Windows. To copy files between your Mac and Windows, use drag and drop.

You can change these settings after the virtual machine is created by selecting Virtual Machine > Settings and using the Sharing panel.


In the Finish panel, you can use default settings to finish the virtual machine creation, or you can customize the settings before the creation is finished.



To create the virtual machine according to the specifications listed in the Finish panel


Click Finish.


Indicate the folder in which to save the virtual machine. The default is your user/Documents/Virtual Machines folder.

To change disk size or other standard settings of the virtual machine


Click Customize Settings.


Save the new virtual machine.


Make changes to the virtual machine’s disk size, processor usage, removable devices, and other configurations on the Settings window.

VMware starts the new virtual machine, installs the operating system, and installs VMware Tools.