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Installing VMware Fusion and Windows 10 on your Mac

VMware Fusion gives Mac users the power to run other operating systems – like Windows 10 – side by side with Mac applications, without rebooting. Installing VMware Fusion and Windows 10 on your Mac will permit you to run Windows-only software via AppsAnywhere.


Important note regarding M1 Macs

Newer Macs with Apple M1 chip processor cannot be used to install a Windows-based operating system. The only solution for running Windows-based applications if your only device is an M1 Mac is to use the AppsAnywhere Desktop in Workspace.

Installing VMware Fusion

  1. Download VMware Fusion. See the instructions on how to setup a VMware account.
  2. Navigate to your download location and double-click the download file.
  3. Double-click the VMware Fusion icon to start the installation.
  4. Click the Open button to confirm that you want to open the file.
  5. Authenticate using your local computer credentials to continue with installation.
  6. Click Open Security Preferences when you receive the System Extension Blocked pop-up.
  7. Click Allow after confirming the software developer is VMware, Inc.
  8. Close System Preferences.
  9. Read the Terms & Conditions from VMware Fusion and click Agree.
  10. Type in the license key obtained from Step 1 and click Continue.
  11. Authenticate using your local computer credentials.
  12. Optional: Uncheck Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program if you wish not to participate.
  13. Click Done.
  14. Click OK on the prompt to allow access to control system events.
  15. If you see a prompt titled Unable to access Accessibility click OK.
  16. On the Accessibility Access pop-up, click Open System Preferences.
  17. On the privacy tab within Security & Privacy settings, click the lock icon to unlock the settings.
  18. You will be prompted to enter your local computer password. Type in your password and click Unlock.
  19. Click Accessibility from the left menu and check the checkbox for VMware Fusion.
  20. Quit the VMware from your dock.Note: this step is important as if the application is not fully closed, the settings you applied above won’t take effect.
  21. Navigate to your Applications folder via Finder and open VMware again.

Setting up a Windows 10 VM using VMware Fusion

  1. Download a Windows 10 ISO and license key. See the instructions on getting started with Azure Dev Tools for students.
  2. Launch VMware Fusion.
  3. Click Install from disc or image.
  4. Click Use another disc or disc image…
  5. Navigate to your downloaded Windows 10 ISO file and click Open.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Select Microsoft Windows > Windows 10 x64 and click Continue.
  8. Select Legacy BIOS and click Continue.
  9. Click Customize Settings and set your preferred settings.
    Note: These settings may vary depending on the specific application requirements and/or your computer specifications.
  10. Click Finish.
  11. Click Save.
    Optional: You can save your VM in a different location and you can set a preferred name for your VM.
  12. The Windows 10 installation will start. Once installation is complete, you can configure your Windows 10 environment as you wish.
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Please note that these instructions are provided as guidance only and may vary depending on your device type and specifications.

IT Services does not support personal devices and we are unable to provide any further support with using VMWare.