You can create a virtual machine that uses a Microsoft Windows operating system as its guest operating system.

Fusion creates your virtual machine, selects the default Windows installation options, and installs VMware Tools, which loads the drivers required to optimize your virtual machine's performance.

You can also allow Windows Easy Install to make your home folder available to Windows as a shared folder. This feature provides you with sharing options such as with the option to share files between the virtual machine and your Mac.

Windows Easy Install is available for the following Windows operating systems:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

  • Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 Server

Note:

You must provide the operating system software and its product key. Fusion does not include any operating system or license.

If you are not using one of these Windows operating systems in your virtual machine, or if you are using Windows but want to install the operating system manually, you can use the procedure for creating a virtual machine for any supported operating system.