Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need, part of Installing Windows 8 in VMware Workstation.
Let's get started by reviewing the things you'll need to get Windows 8 installed in VMware Workstation. 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, and make sure that you have the serial number for the version of Windows 8 you are going to install. Make sure you also 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. Also in this course, I'll assume that you already have VMware Workstation installed.
Windows 8 comes in a few varieties that you should be aware of. The current version of Windows is version 8.1. The first basic version is simply called Windows 8.1. There is 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's 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 called N versions.
These versions remove specific bundled 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 Workstation supports both editions of Windows. There are three main ways to get Windows 8, for you to install, in a VMware Workstation. If you are a developer or a technology professional, you can purchase a subscription to MSDN, where you can get access to various editions and builds of Windows. The version that I'll be using in this course is from MSDN. Windows can also be purchased directly from Microsoft through their online store.
You can purchase the software ISO version, or have a DVD shipped to you. Finally, you can also purchase through third-party retailers, either online or at a physical store. Let's take a quick look at how the system works. First, on your PC you have Windows or Linux installed. On this host, you install VMware Workstation. Within Workstation, you can then create a Virtual Machine, called the Guest. It will allow you to configure a virtual computer, with various processors, memory, storage and access to virtual or physical devices on your computer. Within this Guest, you then install the operating system of your choice.
In this case, we'll install Windows 8. So that's the basics about how the system works. Let's go ahead and get started installing Windows 8 in VMware Workstation.