Setting up a Windows 10 VM on a personal student Mac

Compatibile with Intel-based Mac computers only: Windows 10 VMs are not able to be setup on Mac computers with Apple silicon at this time. Updated: February 17, 2021
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Students using personal Mac computers can setup a Windows 10 VM to be able to install and use Windows software from the Software Distribution Center. For example, students enrolled in the Engineering Fundamentals course need to be able to access NX from their personal computers.

Before you begin

Check that you have an Intel-based Mac. It will also need to meet the system requirements for VMWare Fusion and Windows 10.

Check the available disk space on your Mac. Please visit the support article to find out how much storage is available on your Mac. You will need a total of at least 20GB of free space for a Windows 10 VM, plus the space needed to install additional software on the VM.

For example, you will need at least 56GB of free disk space on your Mac (20GB for the Windows 10 VM, 16GB for the installation files, and 20GB for the NX installed program) in order to install NX on your Mac.

Installing a Windows 10 VM

Download and install VMWare Fusion 

VMware Fusion gives Mac users the power to run Windows on a Mac. You can setup a VM, or virtual machine, install Windows 10, then launch a virtual Windows 10 machine on your Mac.

  1. Read the instructions at VMWare Fusion via VMWare Academic Program (VMAP). For more instructions on how to use VMWare Fusion, please visit VMware Fusion documentation.
  2. Select the link VMAP System link in the URL section.
  3. Select Sign in and use your Michigan Tech email and password.
  4. Select Students then the latest VMWare Fusion that works with your Mac. Check VMWare System Requirements
    Spring 2021 - Latest version is VMWare Fusion 12
  5. Complete the order process.
  6. Save the product key in a safe place for the installation process and in case you need to reinstall it in the future.
  7. Download, install, then open VMWare Fusion.
  8. Enter the product key.
  9. Save any VMs that you create on your Desktop or you will likely get errors.

Download and install Windows 10

Once you have VMWare Fusion installed, download a Windows 10 ISO disc image to setup the Windows 10 VM.

  1. Read the instructions at Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Imagine, formerly DreamSpark). For more instructions, please visit Process to Install Windows 10 in a virtual machine using Windows 10 ISO disc image.
  2. Select Azure Tools for Teaching system under the Login for Azure Dev Tools and Download Software section
  3. Sign in using your Michigan Tech account name and password.
  4. Select Software.
  5. Search for and select the most recent version of Windows 10 Education.
    Spring 2021 - Latest version is Windows 10 Education, version 20H2 - DVD
  6. Select View Key. 
  7. Save the product key in a safe place for the installation process and in case you need to reinstall it in the future.
  8. Select Generate URL for the download link.
  9. Download and save the Windows 10 ISO disc image to your Desktop. Keep this on your Desktop or you will likely get errors.
  10. Open VMWare Fusion.
    You may have to go to System Preferences  --> Security --> General to allow your computer to open the VM. Select the padlock in the lower left corner of the window to make changes.
  11. Create the Windows 10 VM using the Easy Install method.
    1. In the VMWare Fusion menu bar, go to File --> New. You will see a window with Install from disc or image.
    2. Click, hold, then drag your Windows 10 ISO disc image from your Desktop. Then, follow the rest of the prompts to finish.
      You may have to go to System Preferences --> Security --> General to allow your computer to open the VM. Do not choose the option to share your files between the Windows system and your Mac. Select the padlock in the lower left corner of the window to make changes.
    3. When prompted to save the Windows 10 VM, browse and save to your Desktop or you will likely get errors.
    4. Launch your Windows 10 VM from your virtual machine list.
      Drag your ISO file here to start installing

Install software on your Windows 10 VM

Once you have the Windows 10 VM launched, you will be able to download and install software for Windows from the Software Distribution Center. Read the instructions in the Important License Information section to find out if you need to connect to the VPN, if you are off-campus.

For example, you can install NX for Windows. Before installing or using NX, be sure to connect to the VPN on your Mac, if you are off-campus.

Using software in the computer labs

You can use NX and other lab software in one of the Windows lab computers listed at Computer Labs on Campus.

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