Sunday, December 25, 2011

How To Install Windows 7 On a Virtual PC ?

In the previous post, I gave a brief about how to install a VMware virtual PC software on your computer.

Now, I am going to tell you how to install a Windows 7 Virtual Machine in the virtual PC software.
For this, you need to have a windows installer disc or an .iso image of Windows.

Open the VMware Player you've installed as explained here.
Click on the "Create a New Virtual Machine".
 There are two options here. You can install an operating system later. But if you want to install an operating system now, then you again have two options. You can install directly from the windows disk by selecting "Installer Disc" option or you can give the path to a windows image(.iso) by selecting "Installer Disc Image file" option. After you are done, click next.
Now the installer wizard asks you to enter a windows key. If you have one, then you can use it now to install Windows. You can also activate the windows later after the installation. To do this, you have to leave the "Windows product key" field blank.
You can set Username and a password for your virtual machine. Click next.
And a prompt opens if you haven't entered the windows product key. Don't worry about it. Just click yes in the prompt.
 You must give your virtual machine a name. Like Windows 7 etc. And it will ask you to give a location where it should install the virtual machine. You can leave it or change it as per your will.
This is an important step. VMware or any other virtual pc software uses a file as the machine. This file can be stored as a single file or it can be split into multiple ones. As far as the speed of the virtual machine is concerned, it is better to store the virtual machine as a single file.
And you have to give the maximum disk space that can be occupied by the virtual machine.
Click next.
This windows shows you the configuration of the virtual machine that you have chosen to install. Just click on the "Customize Hardware" button to open a window that shows you the entire properties of the virtual machine that you are installing. When you are done, just close the hardware window and click install in the previous window. This starts the installation of the virtual machine.
Be patient while the VMware player configures the installation of Windows 7 Virtual Machine.
Now you'll be given an option to download and install VMware Tools for windows. You can download or just skip it. Either is safe.
 Windows starts to load files and installation automatically begins. When it is completes, if you are connected to a network, then it will ask you to select the home group settings for that network.

Now you can see the Windows 7 desktop. :)
You can check the properties of your Windows 7 Virtual Machine by right-clicking on the Computer button in the Start menu and selecting "Properties" button. The screenshot below shows the hardware properties of  my Virtual Machine that I just installed.
If you want to close the Virtual Machine, all you have to do is shut down your Windows 7 Virtual Machine. This closes the VMware player also. Or as always you can just click on the cross button on the top-right corner. 
Installing a virtual pc software and setting up your Windows 7 Virtual Machine is that simple.

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