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Install Windows 7 On VMware Workstation

Microsoft developed an operating system that was released publicly in October 2009. This new operating system took over the world very fast and became the new best operating system in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, Windows 7 was discontinued by Microsoft just a few months back in January of 2020. Despite its discontinuity, millions of computers still have Windows 7 installed to this day. Windows 7’s fan base is still strong and many people prefer using the operating system because of its great design and handy features.

Click here to read Microsoft’s official Statement regarding Windows 7’s end of Support.

Since Windows 7 is discontinued, it is not recommended to use it any more meaning that it could be the doorway to potential security issues. Therefore, if you still need to use Windows 7 we recommend installing it on a virtualization software such as VMware workstation, Hyper-V or Virtual Box.

In fact, this topic is all about installing Windows 7 on Vmware Workstation. This article contains everything you need to know about the installation of Windows 7 on VMware. We also have tried our best to explain it as easily as possible so that you won’t get confused at any part of the tutorial. If you are using different virtualization software and want to install Windows 7 on it. Don’t worry we already have got you covered, we have also compiled other tutorials regarding each of the virtualization software visit the links below if you want to know in-depth about them.

Now all you have to do to install Windows 7 is follow the instructions below to install it easily.

Step 1: Download and Install VMware Workstation

The first thing you need to do is go to VMware’s official website and download VMware Workstation. There are also other websites where you can download the software but we recommend downloading it through their official website. Click here to directly visit VMware’s official Download page.

VMware workstation setup wizard

After you have successfully downloaded VMware Workstation, open the software, and install it. The installation is easy, just a few clicks next, and the software is installed.

VMware workstation installation completed

Step 2: Download Windows 7 ISO Image File

After that you have installed VMware Workstation, you will need to download Windows 7’s ISO image file which will be required in the next upcoming steps.

Step 3: Create A New Virtual Machine

Launch Vmware workstation and click on “Create a new Virtual Machine” which will open the New virtual Machine wizard page.

VMware workstation Home page

In this menu, you will have to choose between the Typical or a custom configuration for your new virtual machine. You can simply choose typical and click next as it is the recommended configuration to go for.

Create new virtual machine

In this part of the tutorial, you will need to choose the Windows 7 ISO image file that you downloaded earlier. If the ISO image is not yet downloaded you can skip this part by clicking on “I will install the Operating system later” and click next.

Windows 7 ISO file

Here VMware will ask you which operating system you will be installing. Go ahead and choose “Microsoft Windows” and “Windows 7” and then click Next.

Guest Operating system

You now have to specify the location of your new operating system to store. The default location is set to My Documents on the C Drive. if you want to change it simply click on browse and change it to your preferred location. Just Keep in mind that if you keep in the C drive and for any reason, you reinstall your physical computer’s operating system you will lose your Virtual Machines.

Virtual Machine name and location

On this page, you can the amount of storage you want to assign to your new virtual machine. VMware also gives you the recommended amount of Storage for your Virtual machine. But its totally up to you set the preferred amount of storage you want.

disk capacity

This page shows a summary of all the settings or configurations for your new virtual machine. If anything was not according to your liking, you can simply click back and change them right away.

Virtual machine ready

Step 4: Install Windows 7 On VMware Virtual Machine

Now that your Virtual machine configuration is done, you will need to install Windows 7 itself. Simply click on “Power on this virtual machine” to run the virtual machine and start the installation.

Power on virtual machine

This menu shows that the installation of Windows 7 has begun. All you have to do now is wait for the installation process to complete.

installing windows 7 on vmware

After the installation is complete, The virtual machine will restart and start finalizing the Windows 7.

Setup is updating registry

As the Windows itself suggests, it will restart several time during the installation to complete the installation.

completing installation

Windows is now checking the system to optimize the operating system according to the hardware configurations.

checking performance

If you see this page after your PC restarts, you are finally done with the installation.

preparing desktop

You have now successfully installed Windows 7 on Vmware. And now you can enjoy using the newly installed Windows 7 on the Virtual Machine.


Windows 7 is a very stable operating system. it is the perfect balance between stability and good looks at the same time. No wonder why most people still like using it to this day. But on the last notice, we want to say that although it is still a good operating system to use we don’t recommend using it because of the discontinuity.

If you face any problems during the installation or have any questions let us know in the comment section below so that we can help you with it.

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