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How to install VMware Workstation 12 Pro on Windows 10

Virtual Machines, also called hypervisor or Virtual Machine Monitor have been around for quite sometime and allow us to run multiple operating system on the same physical machine. They are the backbone of the corporate IT infrastructure but can also be used on personal computers to experiment/work on various other operating systems without having to use other options such as duel boot or do a clean install on the existing PC.
In this post let me show how you can install one of such software VMware workstation 12 on your windows 10 PC.

To begin with, VMware Workstation 12 Pro is a virtualization software from VMware Inc. USA for windows and Linux platform. For Mac OS it is available as VMware Fusion.

Please note that, VMware Workstation is not a freeware and can be purchased from the VMware Store.  They do provide 30 day trial, but if you are looking for a free version of the software, you can try VMware Player, which is free for personal use and paid for Business use. For the free version, not all the features will be available, but is sufficient for personal needs.

If you would like to install VMware player on your system, please follow my post here

Lets get started. Installing the software is fairly straight forward. All you have to do is to download the installer from the website, run it and follow the instructions. Below are the steps:



Step 1- Link for downloading the software is this.

Download the software for windows. Good thing is that there is no signup process. Click and download begins. Software is around 260 MB.


Step 2- Locate the downloaded file. It should probably be in the download folder by default, if you have not changed the settings in your browser.

File name should be something like VMware-workstation-full-12.1.0-3272444.exe. This file name can change depending on the version of the software currently available for download. But for now, till the next version is available, they will all be VMware Workstation 12 Pro.


Step 3- For demonstration purpose, I have placed the downloaded installer on my desktop.

Find the installer on your system and double click to launch the application.


Step 4- Now you should see User Access Control (UAC) dialog box.

Click yes to continue.


Step 5- Setup wizard dialog box should appear now.

Press next to continue.


Step 6- This time you should see End User Licence Agreement dialog box.

Check “I accept the terms in the Licence Agreement” box and press next to continue.


Step 7- Select the folder in which you would like to install the application.

There is no harm in leaving the defaults as it is. Also select Enhanced Keyboard Driver check box.


Step 8- Next you are asked to select “Check for Updates” and “Help improve VMware Workstation Pro”.

Do as you wish. I normally leave it to defaults that is unchecked.


Step 9- Next step is to select the place you want the shortcut icons to be placed on your system to launch the application.

Please select both the options, desktop and start menu and click next.

Step 10- Now you see the begin installation dialog box.

Click install to start the installation process.


Below screenshot shows Installation in progress. Wait for this to complete.


At the end you will see installation complete dialog box. Click finish and you are done with the installation process.


Step 11- After the installation completes, you should see VMware Workstation icon on the desktop.

Double click on it to launch the application.

Step 12- If you see the dialog box asking for licence key, click on trial or enter the licence key.

Then what you have is the VMware Workstation 12 Pro running on your windows 10 desktop. If don’t have the licence key, you will have 30 days trial.

Step 13-  At some point if you decide to buy

click on get a licence key to buy a licence or enter a licence key if you already have one.


You can enter the 25 character licence key in the dialog box shown below and click OK. Now you have the licence version of the software. The option to enter licence key is also available from Help Menu-> Enter licence Key.

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