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A new virtual machine is like a physical computer with a blank hard disk. Before you can use it, you need to partition and format the virtual disk and install an operating system. The operating system's installation program may handle the partitioning and formatting steps for you.
Installing a guest operating system inside your VMware Workstation virtual machine is essentially the same as installing it on a physical computer. The basic steps for a typical operating system are:
The next section provides notes on installing a Windows XP guest operating system.The screen shots illustrate the process on a Windows host. The steps are the same on a Linux host.
For information on installing other guest operating systems, see the VMware Guest Operating System Installation Guide, available from the VMware Web site or from the Help menu.