How to create and simulate a computer on your computer using VMware Workstation 12 Pro
VMware Workstation 12 Pro is one of the best virtual computer emulators, capable of creating the perfect virtual computer, functioning as an actual real computer. A slight downside of this program is it takes up a lot of resources. So if you don’t have a powerful computer, you might not want to use this program as it could lag your computer out and ruin your experience with the program. Another great alternative for less powerful machines is Virtual Box, which is also an amazing virtual computer creator on its own right, and it is also an open-source one.
- VMware Workstation Pro’s main features
- System requirements for running VMware Workstation 12 Pro
- Downloading VMware Workstation 12 Pro
- What operating systems does VMware Workstation 12 Pro support?
- How to download, install and run VMware Workstation 12 Pro
- How to create a virtual computer with VMware Workstation 12 Pro
VMware Workstation Pro’s main features
- Easily create a virtual computer
- Simple and user-friendly UI
- Support multiple Operating systems on your virtual computer (Linux, Windows, iOs,…)
- Support high definition display
- Supports the latest hardware
- You can connect to your virtual computer through USB with a single mouse click with an advanced connection.
- Support building virtual computers
System requirements for running VMware Workstation 12 Pro
On the software’s official website, to run VMware Workstation 12 Pro, your system will need to meet these requirements:
- A 64-bit operating system
- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or AMD Athlon 64 FX Dual-Core processor
- The minimum processing speed is 1.3 GHz
- Minimum of 2GB of RAM
These are the minimum system requirements, but personally, I don’t recommend running the program at the minimum system requirements as it will be usable, yes, but also very laggy, and crashes will be a regular occurrence. So this is what I recommend to be the optimal requirements for your system to run VMware Workstation 12 Pro.
- For laptops: Intel Core i5 3rd Gen or above and at least 4GB of RAM
- For desktop computers: Core i3 3rd Gen or above and at least 4GB of RAM
Downloading VMware Workstation 12 Pro
You can download VMware Workstation 12 Pro on the software’s official website. But please note that the version you download will only be a trial version. If you want the full version, you can also purchase it from the Website. You’ll only have to pay once to get the full program.
Also, VMware Workstation 12 Pro only supports 64-bit operating systems, so if you have a 32-bit operation system, you will not be able to use this program.
What operating systems does VMware Workstation 12 Pro support?
VMware Workstation 12 Pro supports many different operating systems. Please note that all the soon to be mentioned Operating systems refer to their 64-bit version, not their 32-bit counterpart
- Windows 10
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008
- Ubuntu 8.04 and above
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and above
- CentOS 5.0 and above
- Oracle Linux 5.0 and above
- openSUSE 10.2 and above
- SUSE Linux 10 and above
How to download, install and run VMware Workstation 12 Pro
The process of installing and running the program is straightforward and easy to follow.
After you finish downloading the program, you can double click on the file or right-click the file and choose Run as administrator to run the file as the computer’s administrator.
When you have finished the aforementioned steps, this window will pop up
Here you choose next to start the installation process.
Here you choose I accept the terms in the License Agreement
And then you choose Next
Here you uncheck the Check for product updates on startup, as this will take time to check the website for available updates every time you open the software, which will slow down your workflow buy quite a bit and could be an inconvenience.
Keep choosing Next and then finally Install. Here the installation process will start. It will take a couple of minutes to install, based on how fast your drive is properly. When the installation is complete, you will be greeted by this window.
If you have a license key, which you can purchase from the software’s website or other platforms like Humble Bundle or G2A, you can choose License and type the License key to activate the full program. If you do not have the license key, choose Finish. The program you will get is a trial, more limited version of VMware Workstation 12 Pro. But you can always purchase the full version and enter the license key later by opening the software, hover above Help, and choose to Enter a license key to activate the full version of the software.
How to create a virtual computer with VMware Workstation 12 Pro
1.You will launch VMware Workstation 12
2. Click on New virtual machine
3. Select the type of virtual machine you want to create. You will be given 2 options:
- Custom: This allows you to create a virtual computer and choose which version of VMware Workstation it is compatible with.
- Typical: This creates a virtual computer with hardware versions compatible with the version of the VMware Workstation you are using. We are using VMware Workstation 12 Pro for this tutorial so that it will be hardware version 12.
4. Choose Next
5. Here, you will need to select the Operating System of your choice. You can install an Operating system through either an installer disc (CD/DVD) or an installer disc image file (ISO)
6. Choose Next
7. Here, you will need to enter your product key, or if you are using the trial version, choose that instead.
8. Create your virtual computer’s user name and password
9. Click Next
10. Specify where you want your virtual computer to be saved on your computer
11. Establish the virtual computer’s disk size, and here you will have to select whether to store the virtual disk as a single file or split the disk into 2GB files
12. Configure other settings
- Memory: The amount of memory used for the virtual machine
- Processors: Change the number of cores used for the virtual computer
- Network adapter: Choose how your virtual computer connects to the internet based on your type of internet connection
- USB controller
- Sound card
- Display: Enable 3D graphics
13. Choose Finish
14. Restart your virtual computer, and you are done.