Preparing Your Mac For VMware Fusion

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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 the VMware Fusion application and installing Windows 10. All students and employees leasing a WSU Mac laptop can complete the VMware Fusion app 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 10, requires technical assistance. Students can come into one of the designated open sessions times. Faculty and staff should contact TLT at 507-457-5240 (ext:3) or to make an appointment.

Current Open Session Times

If you need VMware installed please come to the Digital Learning Commons in Krueger Library 105 during these times:

  • Monday - 7:30 am - 11:00 am || 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday - 7:30 am - 11:00 am || 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday - 2:30 pm - 3: 00 pm || 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday - 7:30 am - 9:00 am || 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Special Instructions for Students

You must download VMware prior to coming into a session to complete the installation. Please follow the instructions below. Once you have done this bring your email receipt with you when you come in for the session.

Installing VMware Fusion

Step One: Get a VMware Fusion License

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  • Click on "Students" or "Faculty/Staff"
  • In the search bar type in "vmware"
  • Click on " VMware Fusion 12.x Pro (for Intel-based Macs)". Do not Click on "VMware Fusion 12.x Player"
  • Click "Add to cart"
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  • This window will pop up, and click "View Full Cart"
  • Under "Proxy Order" check "I am placing this order for myself"
  • Click on "Check out"
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  • Check "I'm not a robot" box and click on "Proceed with Order"
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  • Attention Students: Print out or take a screenshot of the receipt. You will need this to sign up for a workshop.
  • The receipt/details page contains your Serial Number which you will need for Step Three.
  • You should also get an email confirming this transaction.

Step Two: Download the VMware Fusion Application

  • At the receipt page, you can select "Download". If you just need to find your receipt, log into OnTheHub and select Your Account/Orders.
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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.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions.
  • Click Open here.
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  • Click Agree on the Terms and Condition.
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  • You will be prompted to enter your serial number. Enter the serial number as found on your receipt.
  • If the installer prompts you to install a newer version, click on "Download and Install" and allow it to run through.
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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.
  • Make sure that you restart your computer after you have completed all updates.

Step Five: Come in to get VMware Installed


  • Unless your instructor has set up a specific time for installation, please stop by the Digital Learning Commons (DLC) in Krueger Library 105 during our normal hours to complete installation.
  • If you would like an estimate of waiting time, our number is (507)-457-2206
  • You will also need to bring the Serial Number to the session. 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 40 GB of free space on your laptop before we can do the install. Please check this before you come in.
  • 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.

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