Preparing Your Mac For VMware Fusion

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VMware Install Workshops

Intended Audience

This article is intended for all students, faculty, and staff participating in the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program, who lease a Mac laptop, and who are interested in running VMware Fusion to access Windows applications.


There are two major steps to this process: installing VMware Fusion and installing Windows 7. All students and employees leasing a WSU Mac laptop can complete the VMware Fusion install themselves. This article walks you through this first step. Contact the Technical Support Center at 507-457-5240 (ext:1) or if you have any problems or questions. The second step, installing Windows 7, requires assistance. Students must register for a scheduled workshop to complete this step. Faculty and staff should contact TLT at 507-457-5240 (ext:3) or to make an appointment.

Current VMware Workshops Scheduled

eWarrior Digital Learning Center Workshops NOTE: If there are no workshops scheduled you may bring your VMWare email receipt into Somsen 207 and request a VMWare 1:1 appointment. The students at the Front Desk will take your information and a Digital Learning Center STAR will get back to you asap to setup the date and time.

Special Instructions for Students

PLEASE do not call TSC Phone Support to sign up for one of the workshops! You must complete the VMware Fusion install (pdf version) prior to attending a workshop to complete the installation. Please follow the instructions below. Once you have done this bring your email receipt with you to the TSC Front Desk in Somsen 207 to sign up for a workshop - or, if no workshops are available, you may request a 1:1 appointment.

Installing VMware Fusion

Step One: Get a VMware Fusion License

Please make sure you are using your network cable to be wired into the network on campus when doing this.

  • Make sure to backup your computer.
  • Go to
  • Click on "Sign in" in the upper right hand corner of the window. Log in using your WSU username/password
  • Click on "Students" or "Faculty/Staff"
  • In the purple toolbar across the top of the page, click on "VMware"
  • Click on "VMware Fusion 7 (for Mac OS X)"


  • Click on "Add to Cart"


  • Click on "Checkout"


  • Scroll to the bottom of the license and click on "I Accept"


  • Click on "Proceed with Order"


  • Some students may have to fill out a short profile survey before continuing.


  • Attention Students: Print out the receipt. You will need this to sign up for a workshop.
  • You should also get an email confirming this transaction

Step Two: Download the VMware Fusion Application

Option 1: Download from Software Additions (Recommended)

Note: Use this option only if you are on-campus. If you are off-campus, you must use Option 2.

  • Use your purple Ethernet cord to connect to the WSU network
  • Open Software Additions (found under Applications)
  • Select "VMware Fusion 5.0" and click on "Install Software"

Option 2: Download from the Internet

  • At the receipt page, you can select "Start Download". If you log into OnTheHub and select Your Account/Orders to find your receipt page again.


Step Three: Install the VMware Fusion Application

  • Open the VMware Fusion Installer.
    • If you downloaded Fusion from the Internet, the installer should be in your "Downloads" folder.
    • If you downloaded Fusion from Software Additions, the installer should start automatically.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions.
  • You will be prompted to enter your serial number. Enter the serial number as found on your receipt.

Step Four: Ensure that Everything on your Computer is Up-To-Date

  • Go to your Apple icon in the top-left corner and select Software Updates.
    • Always make sure that you go through all updates before coming into tech support.
      • This is especially important for the VMware Fusion setup process.
  • Open VMware Fusion once you have it installed. It will prompt instructions and will ask you to insert your serial number from previous steps.
  • Make sure to access the VMware Fusion menu and Check for Updates.
    • If there are any updates, make sure that you go through with them.
  • Make sure that you restart your computer after you have completed all updates.

Step Five: Schedule Windows 7 Installation


  • Bring your printed receipt to the Technical Support Center Front Desk (Somsen 207) to sign up for a workshop. You will not be allowed to sign up for a workshop without this.
  • You will also need to bring the Serial Number to the workshop. We can't do the install without it.
    • To access your serial number again in case you didn't print it out or record it. You can go to, click sign in, and select Your Account/Orders to find your serial key in the orders page.
  • You must have at least 20 GB of free space on your laptop before we can do the install. Please check this before you come to the workshop.
  • Current Boot Camp Users: You will need to go to Walk-In and have Boot Camp removed before you can attend the session. Please do this before your workshop's scheduled time.

Faculty and Staff

  • If you have Boot Camp installed, go to the Technical Support Center to have it removed.
  • Contact TLT to make an appointment to install Windows 7. You will need at least 20 GB of free hard drive space. Contact TLT if you have questions.

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