Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need, part of Installing Windows 8 in VMware Fusion.
Let's start by reviewing the things you'll need to get Windows 8 installed in VMware Fusion. First, you'll need a Windows 8 ISO file. This is a software image of a Windows 8 installation DVD. You can also use a Windows 8 DVD if you have it as well. Make sure you have the serial number for the version of Windows 8 you're going to install. And, make sure you have reviewed the license agreement for Windows 8, to be sure you are in compliance with the terms of installing and using the software on your computer. You also have to make sure that VMware Fusion or Fusion Professional are already installed on your Mac. Windows 8 comes in a few varieties that you should be aware of.
The first is the basic version, which is simply called, Windows 8.1. There's also a version called Windows 8.1 Pro that has some additional features aimed at advanced users. There's also an edition called Windows 8.1 Enterprise that is geared towards businesses and enterprise usage including support for multiple seats. If you're acquiring your version of Windows through Microsoft's MSDN subscription, you'll notice that there are some editions called N versions. These versions specific bundle features like Windows Media Player that are ordinarily built in. Finally, you'll have to choose between 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows.
VMware Fusion supports both editions of Windows. There are three main ways to get Windows 8 for your install in VMware Fusion. If you are a developer or technology professional, you could purchase a subscription to MSDN, where you can access the various editions and builds of Windows. The version I'll be using in this course is from MSDN. Windows can also be purchased directly from Microsoft from their online store. You can purchase the software ISO version, or have the DVD shipped to you. Finally, you can also purchase through third-party retailers either online or in a physical store.
Let's take a quick look at how the system is put together. First, on your Mac, you have OS X already installed. This is called the host system. On this host, you have VMware Fusion installed. Within VMware Fusion, you can then create a virtual machine, called The Guest. That will allow you to configure a virtual computer with various processors, memory, storage and access to virtual or physical devices on your Mac. Within this guest, you then install the operating system of your choice. In this case, we will install Windows 8.