How to create a virtual machine in VMware Workstation 15.5 Player

Host Operating system: openSUSE Leap 15.1

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal non-commercial use (business and non profit use is considered commercial use).

1. BIOS Settings

    • Example motherboard: Gigabyte AM4 with DualBIOS.
    • Main menu > MIT > Advanced CPU Core Settings > SVM Mode Enabled.
    • Main menu > Chipset > IOMMU Enabled.

DualBIOS means that the motherboard has both a ‘Main BIOS’ and a ‘Backup BIOS’, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction or power failure during the update process. The motherboard has two chips. The M_BIOS (Main BIOS) and the B_BIOS (Backup BIOS).

MIT – Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker

SVM – Secure Virtual Machine

IOMMU – Input-Output Memory Management Unit.

2.  Create a Virtual Machine for Windows 10

VMware Workstation 15.5 Player is Type 2 hypervisor.

    • Open VMware Workstsation 15 Player.
    • Go to the Main menu > File > Create a New Virtual machine
    • Install operating system: you can select for example a Windows image (Win10_2004_EnglishInternational_x64.iso)
    • Virtual machine name: Windows 10 x64
    • Disk: Select the HDD or SDD. Enter the size e.g. 60 GB or larger
    • Hardware customization
      • Select the amount of memory in MB to be allocated to the virtual machine: 2 GB or more
      • Number of processor cores: 2
      • Display: Enable “Accelerate 3D graphics”