Install VMware Workstation Player

Use these steps to install VMware Workstation Player on your system.

Background. VMware Workstation Player allows you run a full operating system within a virtual environment. For example, you can be using a computer running a Windows operating system and also run a Linux distribution within a virtual environment on the same computer.

Note. VMware Workstation Player isn’t the only virtual environment tool available. My intention is not to recommend this as the only option, but instead to recommend it as one possible option and provide directions on how to use it for people that need them. A benefit of using VMware Workstation Player is that it is free for non-commercial use. An alternative is to use Hyper-V, which is free on Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Professional, and Windows 10 Education versions.

Requirements. Your system needs to support virtualization. This is typically enabled in the BIOS. You can also download an app to determine if your system is configured to support virtualization.

Intel systems support the Intel Processor Identification Utility. Search for it with your favorite search engine. The following graphic shows it indicating that virtualization is enabled.

If your system has an AMD processor, use the AMD Virtualization Compatibility tool.

Download and Install VMware Workstation Player

1) Use your favorite Internet search engine using the words download VMware Workstation Player.

2) Look for the link to download VMware Workstation Player and click it.

3) Select the version that matches your operating system and start the download.

4) Follow the instructions for the installation.