Installing VMware Workstation on Windows In this section, I’ll assume that you’ve made all appropriate preparations to start the installation of VMware Workstation. This means that you have installed the Windows host operating system and purchased VMware Workstation and are all ready to start the installation. Perform the following steps: 1. Log in to the VMware website and select Products & Downloads. From there, select Download VMware Workstation for Windows and click on the Manually Download link. Accept the license agreement, which will start the download. 2. After downloading the installation file, double-click on it to run it. Allow the installation program to be executed when the Windows Security policy asks if you want to allow it. You will now see the first screen of the VMware Workstation Setup wizard. Click on Next to start the installation. 3. The installer now gives you the option to select between a typical installation and a custom installation. The typical installation doesn’t need much explanation; therefore, in this book I’ll explain the options that are presented by the custom installation procedure. 4. You’ll now see a list of different program components that you can install. You should at least install the core components as they contain everything that is required to start VMware Workstation. If you want to develop your own tools to manage and monitor VMware Workstation’s virtual machines, select the VIX Application Programming Interface (this typically only makes sense if you’re a developer). The Enhanced Keyboard Utility is useful if you need easy access to virtual machines from computers that have a different keyboard layout.