How to Install Windows XP on VMWare?
I have installed VMware in my computer.
How do I install my Windows XP (or any other Operating System) through VMWare?
Once you start VMWare for the first time, accept the terms in the VMWare license agreement, click OK
Next, click on ‘New Virtual Machine‘
Select the Typical (recommended) configuration settings, click on Next.
Insert your Windows disc on your DVD or CD drive, select Installer Disc, click Next.
Type in your Windows Product Key (you can do that afterwards if you like). Click Next.
Select your preferred Virtual Machine Name, and Location (by default under the current user’s My Documents), click Next.
Select your maximum disk space (GB). By default, it chooses 40GB. Depending on the software you will install under your Windows XP virtual machine, you may reduce or increase the space.
A bare minimum of 15 GB is recommended if you are only planning to install Windows, Microsoft Office, your desired CAD software and a few more programs. Click Next
You can customize your hardware before creating your virtual machine. In our example, we simply click Finish
Windows XP will commence to install on your recently created virtual machine on VMWare.
After a few minutes, windows will continue to install.
If you didn’t enter the product key before, you will be prompted again. Enter your Windows product key and click Next.
Before the installation ends, VMWare Tools will install remotely. VMWare Tools help with the syncronization between your main operating system and your virtual machine.
After the installation is completed, Windows XP will start.
And you will see your desktop.
You can maximize your virtual machine (Windows XP) to full screen by selecting the appropriate icon.
Using VMWare to run simultaneously has plenty of benefits, such as:
- Use old software that won’t work on newer Operating Systems / Computer Architecture
- Possibility of drag-and-drop files from one Operating System to your virtual machine and viceversa.
- If you have 2 screens, you can maximize your virtual machine and work seamlessly with 2 different operating systems.
- You can install as many virtual machines / different operating systems as desired: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and more…