Setting up a Windows VM on a personal student Mac

Students using personal Mac computers can setup a Windows 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.

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 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.

Intel-based Mac required

Compatible with Intel-based Mac computers only: Windows VMs are not able to be setup on Mac computers with Apple silicon at this time.

Installing a Windows 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, then launch a virtual Windows machine on your Mac. 

For more instructions on how to use VMWare Fusion, please visit VMware Fusion documentation. Check VMWare System Requirements.

Fall 2021 - Latest version is VMWare Fusion 12 Pro

  1. Log in to the Software Distribution Center with your Michigan Tech account name (without the @mtu.edu) and password.
  2. Select the VMWare Fusion software information page on how to download and install the latest VMWare Fusion version that works with your Mac.
  3. Follow the instructions provided to download, install, then open VMWare Fusion.
  4. Allow VMWare Fusion to run by going to Apple icon > System Preferences > Security & Privacy and checking the box for VMWare Fusion.
  5. Save any VMs that you create on your Desktop or you will likely get errors.
     

Download and install Windows

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

For more instructions, please visit Installing Windows 10 as a guest operating system in VMware Fusion - Process to Install Windows 10 in a virtual machine using Windows 10 ISO disc image.

Fall 2021 - Latest version is Windows 10 Education, version 21H1 – DVD

  1. Log in to the Software Distribution Center with your Michigan Tech account name (without the @mtu.edu) and password.
  2. Select the Microsoft ​​​Windows software information page on how to download and install the latest Windows OS Education version.
  3. Follow the instructions provided to download the Windows ISO image.
  4. Save the Windows ISO disc image to your Desktop. Keep this on your Desktop or you will likely get errors.
  5. 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.
  6. Create the Windows 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 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. 
    3. Choose More Isolated. VMWare Fusion will not share your Mac's documents and applications with Windows. To copy files between  your Mac and Windows, use drag and drop. Do not choose More Seamless, which is 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.
    4. When prompted to save the Windows, browse and save to your Desktop or you will likely get errors.
    5. Launch your Windows VM from your virtual machine list.
      Drag your ISO file here to start installing
      More Isolated

Install software on your Windows VM

Once you have the Windows VM launched, you will be able to download and install software for Windows from the Software Distribution Center.

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 on one of the Windows lab computers listed at Computer Labs on Campus.

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