Installing new software in a virtual machine is similar to installing new software on a physical computer. Only a few additional steps are required.

Verify that VMware Tools is installed in the guest operating system. Installing VMware Tools before installing the software minimizes the likelihood that you will have to reactivate the software if the virtual machine configuration changes.

Verify that the virtual machine has access to the CD-ROM drive, ISO image file, or floppy drive where the installation software is located.


Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.


On the Hardware tab, select Memory, set the final memory size for the virtual machine, and click OK.

Some applications use a product activation feature that creates a key based on the virtual hardware in the virtual machine where it is installed. Changes in the configuration of the virtual machine might require you to reactivate the software. Setting the memory size minimizes the number of significant changes.


Install the new software according to the manufacturer’s instructions.