You may have caught wind of the news that Windows 10 is here, and for many folks who want to install it in a virtual machine, VMware Fusion is the obvious choice.
I’ve been using it for a few days now, and must admit so far I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve been even playing with Cortana in the background with my VM just minimized while I work away on the Mac. The ‘Hey Cortana’ feature works flawlessly with Fusion as far as I can test. I even asked her to sing me a song while I was working away and while her singing voice isn’t bad at all, her choice of Danny Boy is a little odd if you ask me.
I’ve been using the Fusion 2015 Tech Preview lately, but Fusion 7 was working just fine with all the Insider Preview of Windows 10 if you just choose Windows 8.1 as the Guest OS type.
Either way, it’s a really nice OS and it runs at incredibly well in Fusion. I’m using a MacBook Pro mid-2012 model with 16GB of RAM overall and I give it 2 vCPUs and 4GB of RAM, and maybe that’s even overkill for what I use it for. I’d say it feels leaner and more responsive overall than every Microsoft OS since XP and I feel like they finally got rid of all the unnecessary cruft and bloat that was holding them back.
There is however this upgrade problem that a number users are hitting tho which currently affects most hypervisors. Tho I haven’t heard of any users with HyperV having this problem, <sarcasm> I can only presume there are no HyperV users interested in upgrading to Windows 10. </sarcasm> Draw your own conclusions, but it is what it is.
Luckily, there’s actually a REALLY EASY workaround.
Rather than use the upgrade method within the VM, download the .ISO and mount it to Fusion to perform the upgrade.
Microsoft makes the Windows 10 ISO file available for the world to download so you can burn to disk or use as a VM. Rather than a single link, they have this process to get the right version, and actually works really well. (From Safari on my Mac, no less). No funky windows.exe thing to use to download and create the .iso with, this is a full ISO from Microsoft.com with Win10_English_x64.iso as the filename.
First things first as always before ding major upgrades, TAKE A SNAPSHOT! This way you make sure to have a safe roll back point in case something goes wrong, you don’t like it, or it breaks all your other Windows apps or something.
After the installation assistant greeted me, things started moving along just fine.
The installation proceeds basically unattended, which is nice. Took about 10 minutes on my MacBook Pro (mid-2012).
Once the installation finished, I ran through the personalization walkthrough which I highly recommend to turn off all the ‘send everything I type to Microsoft’ features… yikes.
So that’s it! You can use that same .iso file from Microsoft to install multiple copies as needed, or just use the clone feature of Fusion Pro to save yourself the hassle.
I had comments muted for spamming reasons, but I tweaked it and it should be only legit folks… sorry I missed all your comments I’ll try and respond, thanks everyone for reading!