Creating A Microsoft Windows Virtual Machine For Mac Fusion


The following instructions walk you through the process of creating a virtual machine that runs windows using VMware Fusion 8 for Mac.
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Create a Virtual Machine by Using Windows Easy Install When you create a Microsoft Windows virtual machine, you can use the Fusion Windows Easy Install feature to install the Windows operating system you supply and to install VMware Tools in your virtual machine. Create a Virtual Machine by Using Windows Easy Install and a Disc Image File.

Installing VMware Fusion.

  1. Download VMware Fusion 8 from IS&T Computing Help.
  2. Run the file once the download completes.
  3. Once the download completes double click on the VMware Fusion Icon to install.
  4. If prompted, choose to open the installer.
  5. Click the Agree button on the Terms and Conditions page.
  6. Input the license key provided from IS&T Computing Help and click 'Continue'.

Downloading Windows

  1. Download desired version of Windows from IS&T website IS&T Computing Help.

Installing Windows on VMware Fusion

  1. Choose 'Install from disc or image' on the VMware Fusion “Select the Installation Method” window and click 'Continue'.
  2. On the “Create a New Virtual Machine” page click the button “Use another disc or disc image” and navigate to the Windows .iso file that was previously downloaded (during the Downloading Windows sub-section) and click “Open”.
    1. The picture below should show what the screen looks like after the file has been opened (though the version of Windows may vary).
  3. On the 'Choose Operating System' page, select the appropriate Operating System for the version of Windows downloaded and click “Continue”.
  4. The virtual machine created should automatically open up and the start up process for your version of Windows should begin.

Virtual machines are a great alternative to partitioning your hard drive to install Windows using Boot Camp. It means you can use Windows in a window (excuse the pun) or even full screen if you want, and you don't have to cut the amount of space your hard drive has for your current computing needs.

I recently explained how to get the Parallels Desktop virtual machine on your Mac. If you're interested in Parallels, check out my installation guide:

I'm covering all the major virtual machines for your benefit and this time it's all about VMWare's Fusion 11.5 virtual machine software. They're similar, but have a few different steps in the set up process.

Here's how to get VMWare's Fusion 11.5 on your Mac and then install and run Windows 10 from within your macOS operating system without having to switch hard drive partitions.

Check your system and hardware requirements

Before you get started with installation of Fusion 11.5, make sure your Mac meets the minimum system requirements for both hardware and software.

The minimum system requirements for installing and using VMware Fusion 11.5 are:


  • All Macs launched in 2011 or later are supported (except the 2012 Mac Pro 'Quad Core' using the Intel Xeon W3565 Processor. The CPU architecture is incompatible).
  • Also supports the 2010 Mac Pro 'Six Core', 'Eight Core' and 'Twelve Core' models.
  • Minimum 4GB of RAM
  • 750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine


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  • Mac OS X 10.13 or later
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines.
  • Microsoft Windows is not included with VMware Fusion.
  • Recommended graphics hardware for Windows DirectX 10 or OpenGL 3.3 support:
    • NVIDIA 8600M or better
    • ATI 2600 or better
    • Minimum requirements for Metal support.

Before you start: Back up your Mac

This is one of those awful mistakes that people make, thinking that they don't need to back up their Mac before doing something big. First off, you should be backing up your Mac on a regular basis, but even if you don't do so multiple times per day, you should definitely do so right now, before you continue with this guide. Seriously. Back it up.

How to run Windows 10 on Mac using Fusion 11.5

You'll need a copy of Fusion 11.5 or Fusion 11.5 Pro in order to install it on your Mac. Fusion 11.5 costs $79.99 and the pro version costs $159.99. The main differences between them is in the advanced features. The Pro version includes extra features specific for multiple-computer use. For example, if you to be able to create linked clones on different Macs or if you need to network your computers together. You can buy the full license right now or download a free 30-day trial and make your full purchase later. If you have an older version of Fusion, you can upgrade for less.

You'll also need a copy of Windows 10. You might already have a full copy or you might need to buy a copy. VMWare requires that you have a copy on a disk, drive, or an ISO image file in order to run it on your Mac.

Download Windows 10

  1. Navigate to the Microsoft Windows 10 ISO download page from your web browser.
  2. Click on Select Edition and select Windows 10.
  3. Click Confirm.

    Source: iMore

  4. Click on Select the product language and select your language.
  5. Click Confirm.

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  6. Click on 64-bit Download.
  7. Click Save to start the download.

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This may take a while, so have a cup of tea and watch an episode of Black Mirror while you wait.

Download and install VMWare Fusion 11.5

Creating A Microsoft Windows Virtual Machine For Mac Fusion

The first step is to download Fusion 11.5. You can buy a full license right now or download the free 30-day trial to get started.

Once the program download is complete, follow these steps to install Fusion 11.5 on your Mac.

  1. Double-click on the VMwareFusion.dmg file to open it (it might be in finder or on your desktop. You can search for it in Spotlight if its not easy to find).
  2. Double-click on Double-click to Install.

    Source: iMore

  3. Click Open if prompted to confirm that you want to open the application.
  4. Click one of the options for how you want to install Fusion 11.5, either with a license key, by purchasing now, or by using the free 30-day trial.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Select whether you want to install Fusion 11.5 or Fusion 11.5 Pro if you're running a trial version.
  7. Click Continue.

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  8. Enter your Mac log in credentials when prompted.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Drag the ISO Windows 10 file to the Installation Method Window.

    If you're installing from a different method, select that method and follow the steps to install.

  11. Click Continue.

    Source: iMore

  12. Tick the box for Use Easy Install. If you feel comfortable setting up the installation settings manually, uncheck the box.
  13. Create a Windows login account name and password.
  14. Enter the Windows Product Key.
  15. Select the Windows version you're using.
  16. Select the level of integration. If you want to share your Mac documents with Windows, you'll want More Seamless. If you prefer to keep Windows and Mac data separate, use More Isolated.
  17. Click Continue.

    Source: iMore

  18. Click Finish.
  19. Click Save to save this new virtual machine to your Virtual Machines folder.

    Source: iMore

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After Windows finishes installing in the virtual machine, Windows 10 will pop up in a new window. It sort of looks like you're just using a new program or web browser, but you've got a virtual simulation of Windows 10, in its entirety right on your Mac!

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Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to run Windows 10 on your Mac using VMware's Fusion 11.5? Put them in the comments and I'll help you out.

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