Windows 7 VMware Installation

Everything you will need to install Windows 7 VMware Workstation

In the event that you want to test exploits or hacking tools, instead of running the tools on your primary operating system, it is comparatively just as smooth (depending on hardware) to run Windows 7 VMware Workstation.

  •  If you do not have VMware installed, you can get it here:
  • You will also need to have a Windows 7 .ISO file and Product Key to complete the install.
  • If you have a legitimate Product Key for any version of Windows 7, you can use the following link to download the file from Microsoft.
  •  If you are looking to purchase Windows 7, I have been able to find keys as cheap as $15. They typically come with both the activation key and .ISO download within the same day of purchase. Be sure to check the sellers reviews!

Windows 7 Installation Process

  • Open VMware Workstation.
  • Click on “Create a New Virtual Machine”
  • Then, Click Next.
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  • Now Select “Installer disc image file (.iso).
  • Using the Browse button, locate and select your Windows 7 .ISO file.
  • Click Next
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  • Now enter the following
    • Product Key- Example: 2Y4WT-DHTBF-Q6MMK-KYK6X-VKM6G
    • Windows Version- Example: Ultimate
    • Computer Name- Example: PoseidOwn
    • Password
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  • Click Next.
  • Fill out what you want the Virtual Machine name to be, and where it should be located.


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  • Click Next.
  • Now, set the amount of disk space you would like it to use. I chose the recommended of 60GB.


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  • Click Next.
  • Finally, review the Windows 7 VM settings before creating.


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  • Click Finish, and be patient while Windows 7 is installed.
  • Once its finished, create a snapshot named something similar to “Fresh Install”.

Up Next

Now its time to add some hacking tools to your new Windows VMware installation.