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Installing Workstation on a Windows Host

1. Log on to your Microsoft Windows host as the Administrator user or as a user who
is a member of the Windows Administrators group.
Note: To install Workstation on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 host
computer, you must log on as local administrator (that is, not be logged on to the
domain, unless your domain account is also a local administrator).
Although an administrator must install Workstation on Windows XP or Windows
Server 2003, a normal user without administrative privileges can run the
program after it is installed.
Note: Keep in mind that you need one license for each user.
2. If you are installing from a CD, from the Start menu, choose Run and
enterD:\setup.exe, where D: is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.
If you are installing from a downloaded file, from the Start menu, choose Run,
browse to the directory where you saved the downloaded installer file and run the
installer. (The filename is similar to VMwareWorkstation-<xxxx>.exe, where <xxxx> is
a series of numbers representing the version and build numbers.)
3. Click Next to dismiss the Welcome dialog box.

4. Acknowledge the end user license agreement (EULA).

Select the Yes, I accept the terms in the license agreement option,
then click Next.
5. Choose the directory in which to install VMware Workstation.

To install it in a directory other than the default, click Change and browse to your
directory of choice. If the directory does not exist, the installer creates it for you.
Caution: Do not install VMware Workstation on a network drive.
Note: Windows and the Microsoft Installer limit the length of a path to a folder on a
local drive to 255 characters. For a path to a folder on a mapped or shared drive, the
limit is 240 characters. If the path to the VMware Workstation program folder
exceeds this limit, an error message appears. You must select or enter a shorter
6. Select the shortcuts that you want the installer to create.

Choices include Desktop, Start menu, and Quick Launch toolbar. Deselect any
shortcuts you do not want the installer to create.
7. If the installer detects that the Windows CD-ROM autorun feature is enabled, you
see a message that gives you the option to disable this feature. Disabling autorun
prevents undesirable interactions with the virtual machines you install on this
8. The installer has gathered the necessary information and is ready to begin installing
the software.

If you want to change any settings or information you provided, now is the time to
make those changes. Click Back until you reach the dialog box containing the
information you want to change.
If you do not need to make any changes, click Install. The installer begins copying
files to your computer.
9. (Optional) Enter your name, company name and serial number, then click Next.
Your serial number is on the registration card in your package. The user and
company information you enter here is then made available in the About box
(Help > About VMware Workstation).

Note: If you skip this step, you must enter your serial number later, before you can
power on a virtual machine.
10. Click Finish. The VMware Workstation software is installed.

11. Some installations may require that you reboot your PC. Reboot now to allow
VMware Workstation to complete the installation correctly


new virtual machine is like a physical computer with a blank hard disk. Before you can
use it, you need to partition and format the virtual disk and install an operating system.
The operating system's installation program may handle the partitioning and formatting
steps for you.

Installing a guest operating system inside your VMware Workstation virtual machine is
essentially the same as installing it on a physical computer. The basic steps for a typical
operating system are:
1. Start VMware Workstation.
2. Insert the installation CD-ROM or floppy disk for your guest operating system.
Note: In some host configurations, the virtual machine is not able to boot from the
installation CD-ROM. You can work around that problem by creating an ISO image
file from the installation CD-ROM. Use the virtual machine settings editor to connect
the virtual machine's CD drive to the ISO image file, then power on the virtual
3. Power on your virtual machine by clicking the Power On button.
4. Follow the instructions provided by the operating system vendor.
The next section provides notes on installing a Windows XP guest operating
system.The screen shots illustrate the process on a Windows host. The steps are the
same on a Linux host.
For information on installing other guest operating systems, see the VMware Guest
Operating System Installation Guide, available from the VMware Web site or from
the Help menu.