How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to install VMware Workstation Pro on Windows 11 to run independent virtual machines.

VMware Workstations Pro is probably the most popular x64 virtualization software or hosted hypervisor in use today. It allows power users or advanced system administrators to set up independent virtual machines on a single physical computer simultaneously.

When you install VMware Workstation Pro in Windows, you can create multiple independent guest computers, each running its own operating system without the need for additional physical hardware or support.

This is a great software for sys admin and users who want to run multiple guest OS without the need for adding new devices.

For example, when you install VMware Workstation Pro in Windows 11, power users can create additional virtual computers inside VMware to run Mac OS, Linux and Windows 10 without needed three separate computers.

VMware Workstation Pro isn’t free, but affordable enough for the average users to purchase and use at home or business environment.

How to Install and enable VMware Workstation in Windows 11

VMware Workstation requires that the host machine has Hardware Visualization is enabled. Most computers today will have this feature, however it might be disabled in the BIOS. You may have to reboot into the system BIOS and enable Virtualization Technology (VTx) in the system BIOS settings.

Once you enable hardware virtualization, log back into Windows and and go to the link below to download the latest copy of VMware Workstation Pro for Windows.

After downloading the installer, run it. You’ll be prompted with a installation wizard welcome screen. Click Next to begin the installation.

On the next screen, you’ll be prompted with the End-User License Agreement. You must accept the terms in the License Agreement before you’ll be able to continue with the installation.

Once accepted, click Next to go to the next screen.

On next screen, you can accept the default installation path which is in the C:\Program Files (x86)VMware folder or change it to a custom path.

To integrate the keyboard properly, you’ll want to check the box next to Enhanced Keyboard Driver. Also check the box so that additional console tools can be installed into the system PATH.

Click Next to continue.

On the next screen, check both boxes to enable check for product updates on startup and also the customer experience improvement program.

When you’re done, click Next.

On the screen, click the Install button to begin the installation.

After a brief moment, VMware Workstation Pro setup wizard should be completed. Click on the Finish button to complete the setup.

If you have a license for your copy of VMware Workstation Pro, click the License button to add a license key.

After that, you may be prompted to reboot your machine. Reboot, then log back in.

Once you log back in, open VMware Workstation Pro icon on your desktop to open. The software is ready to be used and ready to create new virtual machines.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to install VMware Workstation Pro in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.