How To Install Windows7 in Mac with Vmware Fusion

I downloaded Windows7 beta on the first day of it’s public release, but didn’t get around trying it. Finally I got a chance to install it today. The installation was smooth and straight forward.

This is how I installed Windows 7 beta on my Mac with Vmware Fusion.

Download

The 2.44 GB ISO file can be downloaded from Windows7 beta download page. It took me around 2 hours to download it using my 8MB home broadband. You’ll also be given a Windows 7 Beta Product Key together with the download to activate windows 7.

Create New Virtual Machine

Create a new virtual machine by launching the Vmware Fusion and going to FIle–>New

Click on Continue without disk, because we’ll be using the ISO image to install Windows 7.
002-New-Vm

Then, click on Use operating system installation disk image file and select the Windows 7 ISO file downloaded earlier.
003-Install-Media

Choose the Operating System. I had downloaded the 64 bit version so, I chose Windows Vista x64 Edition.
004-Choose-Os

Enter the Account Name, Password and the Windows Product Key
005-Win-Product-Key

I don’t need file sharing at the moment so, I disabled the windows sharing by choosing None.
006-Win-Share

Default config of the new virtual machine. I wanted to give more RAM to the new vm so, clicked on Customize Settings
007-Default-Config

This is where you can customize the hardware settings for your virtual machine. Click on Processors & RAM to increase the RAM size.
008-Custom-Setting

Increase the RAM to 2048MB (2GB)
009-2Gb-Ram

Click on the play button to begin installation
010-Start-Guest

The installation starts…
011-Start-Install

After couple of reboots and an approximately half an hour later it’s done.
019-Installed

The installation was seamless and I’m planning to use Window 7 for some time next week to see how good it is. The immediate next thing is an anti-virus. Complimentary McAfee anti-virus provided by vmware fusion is not compatible with Windows 7 yet, and a quick google showed Kaspersky, so I might install that.

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One comment on “How To Install Windows7 in Mac with Vmware Fusion
  1. I have been thinking about installing windows7 on my mac, but have wanted to read a review and find a detailed installation guide that I can follow reliably. This seems to be it. Your tutorial and details are great, seem accurate. I will install it on my machine next week and update you on how the procedure went. Thanks again.

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