I need to install Windows 8 on my MacBook. So I am hoping to install VMware and then install Windows 8 on top of it.

I need to know if I need to install VMware Player or VMware Fusion? I am using this for non-commercial use so I require a free version.

Note: VMware Fusion is a licensed version, and I don't want to use it.


VMware Player is only avaiable for Windows and Linux, not OS X. To install Windows 8 on your Mac, you will need to purchase VMware Fusion.

From VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro):

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC.

You do have a couple of free options:

  • Virtualbox is a free program that will allow you to install Windows 8 alongside OS X in the same way that VMware Fusion works (you can run both OSs concurrently).
  • Apple's own Boot Camp software will allow you to install Windows in a separate partition. The downside to this is you have to reboot your computer to switch between OSs, but the upside is that you can run more graphically-intense programs (i.e. games) at native speeds.
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    Correction: VMWare is NOT a Windows-only application. It also supports Linux. – xuhdev Jul 4 '14 at 8:24
  • Nice, has it always supported Linux or is that fairly recent? Updated my answer to reflect that, thanks! – Scott Jul 4 '14 at 9:23
  • According to my experience, it has the same functionality as the Windows version. – xuhdev Jul 4 '14 at 18:32
  • At least it was available since version 2.0. – xuhdev Jul 4 '14 at 20:21

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