Configure VMware Workstation 16 for Windows 11


Introduction

Windows 11 at the time of writing this post is currently launched as an insider preview. On the announcement of Windows 11, Microsoft did state that there are a number of minimum requirements that need to be met to run Windows 11. In this quick guide, I will show you how to configure a Virtual Machine within VMware Workstation for running Windows 11 VMs.

Getting started

There are three parts to configuring a VMware Workstation VM for Windows 11:

  1. Configure VM Encryption
  2. Add the Virtual Trusted Platform Module to the VM Hardware
  3. Enable Secure Boot

Step 1 configure VM Encryption

In this section we look at enabling VM Encryption for the VMware Workstation VM.

Within the Virtual Machine settings page, select the options tab. You should then see the Access Control setting located halfway down the list of settings. Select Access Control.

Summary steps:

Virtual Machine Hardware Settings > Options > Access Control > Encrypt 

Click the Encrypt button as shown in the screenshot below

The screenshot shows where to enable Virtual Machine encryption (Virtual Machine Settings > Options > Access Control > Encrypt…)

The Encrypt Virtual Machine Dialog will then appear for you to provide a password. (follow the guidance provided in he dialog box).

Encryption dialog box

Once you have entered a password and clicked encrypt, you will see the progress bar appear whilst the encryption process completes.

Encryption progress bar

Once Encryption has completed, you will see the access control setting form has change. It should now show “This virtual machine is encrypted”

The screenshot shows Virtual Machine encryption has been enabled

There you have it step 1 is now complete, Lets move on to step 2 where we add the TPM chip.

Step 2 Add the Trusted Platform Module

In this section we look at adding the TPM chip to the Virtual Machine hardware.

Within the Virtual Machine Settings page, under the Hardware Tab, click add (1), then select the Trusted platform Module (2) and then Click finish (3).

Virtual Machine Settings > Hardware > Add > Trusted Platform Module > Finish

Screenshot showing the add process for the trusted platform chip

Once added, you should see the Trusted Platform Chip (TPM) showing as present.

A screenshot showing the Trusted platform module added.

Now that we have added the Trusted platform chip, we can now progress with enabling Secure Boot.

Step 3 enable Secure Boot

In this section we check to ensure secure boot is enabled on the VM.

Within the Same Virtual Machines Settings, navigate back to options and select the Advanced settings. You will then See the Firmware Type. Make sure you have UEFI selected and then ensure that “Enable secure boot” is enabled.

Virtual Machine Settings > Options > Advanced > Firmware Type > UEFI > Enable secure boot

the screenshot shows where to enable secure boot.

Once these steps have been completed, you are now ready to run Windows 11 Virtual Machines on VMware Workstation.

you can also check that you have configured everything correctly with a free tool I wrote for checking a device’s minimum requirements for Windows 11. You can download from the following Link: https://github.com/RMITBLOG/Win11Compat/releases/tag/1.2

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screenshot of the tool I wrote for Windows 11 compatibility

Summary:

In this quick start guide, I showed you how to configure VMware workstation for Windows 11. I walked you through the three steps of enabling device encryption, adding the trusted platform module as well as enabling secure boot.

Remember to make sure you add 2 CPU’s and 4GB initially as these are also Windows 11 minimum requirements.

A screenshot of the Windows insider build of Windows 11.

Links:

Upgrade to the New Windows 11 OS

Windows VM | Workstation Pro

Update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements | Windows Insider Blog

Windows 11 Specifications

VMware Workstation 16 template ready for Windows 11

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