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Create a virtual machine

To create a new virtual machine in VMware Player, you can use the New Virtual Machine wizard. To start the wizard, select Player > File > New Virtual Machine:

create new virtual machine

Next, select the source for which the guest operating system will be installed. Three options are available:

1. Installer disc – install guest OS from an optical drive
2. Installer disc image file (iso) – use an ISO image file for guest OS installation
3. I will install the operating system later – this option creates a new virtual machine with a blank hard disk. You will need to install the guest operating system manually after the virtual machine creation.

We will select the third option:

create new virtual machine source

Select the guest operating system. If the guest OS you would like to install is not listed, select Other:

create new virtual machine guest os

Type the name of the virtual machine and choose the folder where the virtual machine files will be kept:

create new virtual machine name location

Select the virtual disk size. You can also split the virtual disk into multiple files, which makes it easier to move the virtual machine to another computer. Note that the disk space is not preallocated for the disk and the actual files that the virtual disk uses start small and expand to their maximum size as needed.

create new virtual machine disk

Click Finish to create the virtual machine:

create new virtual machine review

Since we didn’t install the guest operating system using the New Virtual Machine wizard, we need to do it manually later.

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