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Windows Base Virtual Machine - Install and First Start

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Getting Ready

Before you install the Windows 10 Base Virtual Machine on your workstation, there are a few things you should do:

  1. Have the latest IS&T supported version of VMware installed on your computer. If you do not already have VMware installed, see Available Software: Virtualization and select the correct version for your host operating system.
  2. Back up your system. Before beginning any installation, IS&T recommends you have a current and complete backup of your existing system. While we have tested the install process, there is an infinite number of possible system configurations, and some may cause problems.
  3. Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum (at least 2 GB for virtual host)
  4. Disk Space: 2GB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 20 GB free disk space for each virtual machine
  5. Get the Windows 10 Base Virtual machine from the IS&T web site.


Unzip the installer archive in the location (Documents\Virtual Machines is recommended) where you wish to store the virtual machine. Please note that this will take at least 20 GB for the expanded VM and 10 GB for the downloaded zip file. You can delete the latter once your virtual machine is set up to save space. Once you've move the VM file to your desired location, double-click the .vmwarevm file (Mac) or browse inside and double-click the .vmx file (Windows) to add the VM to your inventory.

First Start

Your virtual machine is preset to run the Out-of-Box-Experience program on first launch. This will ask you a few questions about how you want the machine to be configured. These should be straightforward and once completed, you should be presented with a standard Windows desktop. Please note that Windows and Sophos updates have only been applied up to the VM's creation date. Additional updates will likely be available and may require your Windows VM to restart.

The Base VM includes Windows 10 (x64) with:

  • Sophos Antivirus
  • Global Proetct VPN Client
  • CertAid

Additional Resources

Now that you have your Base Virtual Machine installed and configured, you are ready to use it. Explore the following links for more information on managing and using your virtual machine.

See Also

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members

Last Modified:

November 15, 2021

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