This article explains how to install Windows 10 on macOS hardware by using VMWare Fusion. The following instructions are for Apple macOS devices (like MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini), but not iOS devices (like iPads or iPhones, for example).
Staff and students who have an Apple macOS device can download and install a piece of software called "VMware Fusion" under our campus agreement. This software will let you run other operating systems (like Windows) in a virtualised way on your macOS device. This means that the “guest” operating system:
Please note: This information is supplied on a best-efforts basis only. iSolutions is unable to troubleshoot or support individual issues with the installation or use of virtualised operating systems or the software installed on them.
The information below is based upon the VMware article “Installing Windows 10 as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion (2128765)”.
Everyone will need:
University Staff and Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) will need:
Undergraduate students (UGs) and Postgraduate students (PGTs) will need:
1. Install VMware Fusion on your macOS device
2. Follow the article Installing Windows 10 as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion (2128765) to create a new Windows 10 virtual machine ("VM") using:
Let VMWare fusion choose the best resource settings, where possible (these can always be changed later, if necessary). You will find step-by-step details in the section "Using VMWare Easy Install" below.
3. Staff and PGRs should now:
4. You now have a working and activated version of Windows running on your macOS device. Even though it is virtualised, it is important to:
1. Download and install VMWare Fusion from the Software Centre
2. Once VMWare Fusion has been installed, you should see the Create VM wizard. If not, choose File > New from the VMware Fusion Menu.
3. Drag and drop the Windows 10 installation ISO you downloaded from your macOS host onto the Install from disk or image dialogue, then click Continue:
4. Continue through the summary screen and select Continue:
5. The Microsoft Windows easy Install window will appear. Now please:
6. Ignore the warning about the missing Product key and select the button Continue without Key
7. Choose your level of Integration and select Continue. For better security we recommend "More Isolated", but the choice is yours depending on how you want to work:
8. Review the summary screen and select Finish to start the VM creation process
If you are an expert user, you can customise your settings at this stage - for example, you can set non-default memory and disk allocation.
9. Choose a name and a location to save the files required for the VM creation, then select. We recommend using the defaults:
10 Your new Virtual machine will then be created. This process will take a while:
11. When the setup has completed, you'll see a normal Windows desktop.
Please note: students (UGs and PGTs) should not need to do this step due to licencing differences with the installation media.
You now have a working and activated version of Windows running on your macOS device. Even though it is virtualised, it is important to keep it regularly updated and security patched and to make sure that the built-in anti-malware is active and up-to-date.
If you need to access restricted University resources using it, you can simply reconnect the GlobalProtect VPN on your macOS host for the duration.
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