How to install Windows 11 in VMware Workstation

Onur Demirkol
Mar 22, 2023
Windows 11 Help

If you want to learn more about how to install Windows 11 in VMware Workstation, you are at the right place, as we will be giving you every step you must follow in the following sections of this guide.

VMware Workstation is one of the world's most used virtual machine software thanks to its features and ease. We included it in our best virtual machine software of 2023: Top 3 list alongside Parallels Desktop and VirtualBox. It is mainly used in enterprise networks, but if you are looking to use it for personal use, you can try it for free, and supports Windows, Mac, and Linux. For commercial use, VMware Workstation 17 Player is priced at $149, and Pro is $199.

How to install Windows 11 in VMware Workstation: Must-haves

Before you start, there are a couple of things to check, as you can't just do these steps under all circumstances. Let's check our must-have or must-do-beforehand list before we move on to the next steps.

Firstly, you need to download and install VMware Workstation. You can check the next section of this article if you don't know how to do it. Next, you also need a Windows 11 ISO image file. Head over to our "how to download any Windows 11 ISO from Microsoft" article for further information.

Apart from downloading these two, you also need a PC running a Windows 10 or above operating system with TMP 2.0 and virtualization support. Lastly, you need a capable PC that has at least 64GB disk space, a dual-core x64 processor, and 4GB RAM.

How to download VMware Workstation?

As mentioned above, the first step is downloading the VMware Workstation before the action starts. This guide covers "how to install Windows 11 in VMware Workstation 17 Player." Please follow the steps below to download and install the application on your PC successfully:

  1. Head over to the official website.
  2. Click on the "Download for Free" icon.
  3. Wait for the download to finish, and then install it on your PC

VMware Workstation System Requirements

  • A compatible 64-bit x86/AMD64 CPU launched in 2011 or later *
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended

General Host OS Requirements

VMware Workstation Pro and Player run on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • CentOS
  • Oracle Linux
  • openSUSE
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

How to install Windows 11 in VMware Workstation: Let's begin

The first thing to do is to create a virtual machine for the OS in VMware Workstation 17 Player. To do so, here are the steps you must follow:

  1. Launch VMware Workstation 17 Player.
  2. Click on "Create a new virtual machine."
  3. You will see three options offered to you, select "I will install the operating system later" at the bottom and hit Next.
  4. Select Windows 11 x64 from the drop-down menu while keeping the Guest Operating System section as Windows, hit Next.
  5. Enter whichever name you want.
  6. Select "Only the files needed to support a TPM are encrypted" and create your password in the box below. Don't forget to keep the "Remember the password on this machine in Credential Manager" option ticked.
  7. If you don't want to install any other programs, adjust the disk capacity by setting the maximum size to 64GB. Select the "Split virtual disk into multiple files" option and hit Next.

You will be shown a summary of all your picks throughout the setup process. Double-check every setting, and then move on to add the Windows 11 ISO file you downloaded beforehand. Keep on following the steps below:

  1. At the "summary" page, you will see a little button named "Customize hardware," click on that.
  2. Go to the Memory tab and set the RAM allocation 6GB or more to have a better experience.
  3. Head over to the Processors tab and allocate at least four cores, again, for a better experience.
  4. Click on the New CD/DVD (SATA) tab and select Use ISO image file. It is under the Connection part.
  5. Click on Browse and find your pre-downloaded Windows 11 ISO file.
  6. Finally, close the Hardware window and hit Finish on the summary page.

Install Windows 11

Now that you have successfully created your virtual machine, it is time to install Windows 11. Here are the steps:

  1. Select Windows 11 virtual machine on the left-side menu and hit "Play virtual machine."
  2. Press any key to boot from the ISO file.
  3. Select your language and region and hit Next.
  4. Click on "I don't have a product key" and select which Windows 11 version you want to install.
  5. Accept the End User License Agreement.
  6. Click on the "Custom" installation option.
  7. Hit Next and wait for it to reboot a couple of times.
  8. Pick your region and keyboard layout.
  9. Once it asks you for a Microsoft account, hit Shift + F10, type oobe\bypassnro, and hit Enter.
  10. Wait for it to boot again.
  11. Select "I don't have internet."
  12. Pick a name, password, and three security questions for safety reasons.
  13. Uncheck the tracking options and hit Accept.

Install VMware Tools

Even though the process is done, you need to install VMware Tools to use all the features. The screen will appear cropped, and some of the features won't be available. To fix all that, follow the steps below:

  1. At the top menu, click on Player.
  2. Move your cursor to the "Manage" section and click on "Install VMware Tools."
  3. Press the Win + E keys to launch the file explorer.
  4. Open the mounted ISO file drive that was mounted after the second step.
  5. Locate the setup64.exe file and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open it as an administrator.
  6. Select the "Complete" option in the middle of the VMware Tools Setup.
  7. Hit Install and Finish after everything is done.
  8. Restart the virtual machine by hitting Yes, and all the changes will be applied.

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  1. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    There is not still W11 23H2 and these instructions are nonsense by now. :[

    1. James said on August 21, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      It worked for me just fine. You’re probably not following the instructions clearly.

      1. Katrina Thompson said on August 30, 2023 at 3:25 am

        Just tried the password option and the OOBE option and didnt work.

    2. Anonymous said on September 7, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Worked perfectly. Thank OP.

    3. Anonymous said on September 15, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Worked perfectly for me just now. Specifically, the regedit option.

  2. 45 RPM said on August 22, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Is this cut and paste from a Microsoft PR paper, because it 1000% BS:

    “By listening to user insights, Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to refining the Windows experience based on real-world needs.”

    Windows 11 is proof they don’t give a s*it.

    1. elong45 said on August 23, 2023 at 12:25 am

      Worked for me just now

    2. Robert N said on August 28, 2023 at 10:55 pm

      I agree! Windows 11 was a downgrade to me and I kept all 8 computers in our family on Windows 10 as a result. They didn’t listen to any customers. The taskbar was THE main reason I stayed away from Windows 11. With 6 monitors, it is impossible to navigate so many browser tabs, without the feature. I will try the new version in the virtual box to see if it is worth it yet.

  3. Anonymous said on August 23, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    Microsoft did a terrible job with this implementation.

    They simply need to employ the creator of StartAllBack to fix Windows. He is smarter and more talented than the entire campus of Microsoft employees.

    1. Anonymous said on September 4, 2023 at 11:36 pm


  4. Joe Mama said on August 24, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Thank you so much! I work in IT and this is extremely useful information!

  5. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks man. The second method worked great!

  6. Anonymous said on August 28, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    I used the second method, and i got exactly what i expected.

  7. adrian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:52 am

    Using the Bypass 2: Use a banned email address email worked fantastically as I had gone to far to use the bypass 1.
    I will be back when I next have a problem.
    Keep you the great work

  8. John G. said on September 4, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    W11 File Explorer is the worst crap ever done. W11 is the biggest shame ever.

  9. MarineRecon said on September 4, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Just one more reason for me to go to Linux when Windows 10 ages out.

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:46 am

      @ MarineRecon,

      Be careful which Linux distro you choose. Some of them don’t include the Wayland protocol which is a security issue i.e. apps can copy, paste and inject data without user interaction.

      It’s included in Fedora:

  10. Dustyn said on September 4, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    How about a DARK MODE for your website? That would be oh so nice.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 5, 2023 at 12:55 am

      Something like this : [] maybe?
      Done with ‘Dark Reader Extension for ? Firefox’ []

      This comment was written on [}

    2. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:49 am

      Definitely NOT! Once you get older and your eyesight starts to fail you’ll positively loathe dark mode.

      1. Mycroft1325 said on September 25, 2023 at 11:48 pm

        Not sure what eye problems *you’re* having, but for me the exact opposite is true. Dark Mode is MUCH easier on my Eyes.

        BTW- I’m 52, and have worked in IT all my life. Been staring at monitors for hours each day, most days of the week since the late 1980’s.

  11. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Microsoft completely ruined File Explorer by converting to XAML/WinUI/whatever new bloated modern garbage. Its worse than it ever was.

  12. Invoker said on September 5, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    i tested it on win10 current edition. speeds up explorer like a charm

  13. LOEL LARZELERE said on September 13, 2023 at 8:07 am

    SO what is the priority numbers to give preference to ethernet over wireless?

  14. christop_bader said on September 14, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Worked very well happy to have Windows Photo Viewer back in action in Windows-11

  15. Anonymous said on September 16, 2023 at 4:29 am

    Worked for me (registry option) thank god, I can use the search option to find things on my computer again. Thank you so much!

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:54 am

      Install Everything Search and dispense with Microsoft’s crappy search tool.

      Martin wrote an article on it:

  16. said on September 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    I presume the text “WindowsCopilot,,” is a typographical error (2023/09/17/how-to-disable-windows-copilot-in-windows/). The broken comment system unfortunately looks like it is populating itself via AI autopilot.

  17. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Hopefully, this Windows Copilot nonsense fails even more spectacularly than Cortana. Who requested this? We want all of the UX features removed back in 11, not this copilot nonsense.

  18. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I really don’t mind all of these Windows enhancement but Microsoft get one thing very wrong. ‘Opt in’, is far better than seek information and work to disable.

  19. ilev said on September 18, 2023 at 7:13 am

    Turn off Windows Copilot entirely is not good enough.

    How to uninstall Copilot entirely ?

    1. TelV said on September 19, 2023 at 11:57 am

      @ ilev,

      Use Gpedit or the registry. Explained in this article:

  20. WilliamGatesTheight said on September 21, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    With that snake oil salesman Panos gone, hopefully Windows can return to a normal desktop operating system without all the insanity it has right now in Windows 11.

  21. Tachy said on September 21, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Can we please stop being ‘politically correct’ (lying) and call them ads again instead of ‘suggestions’?

  22. TelV said on September 25, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    @ Martin,

    Does your gpedit hack also turn off all the other “subscribed content” shown in the registry screenshot? Do you happen to know what all those are?

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