Host OS: Windows 8 64bit
Guest OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit
VMWare Workstation version 10.0.1 build-1379776
I assume that the VMWare workstation is already installed in your Windows machine and the guest OS to be installed is stored as an ISO file on the host machine.
Now let us start by Opening your VMWare workstation.
Click File>New Virtual Machine
VMWare Workstation Home page
Now a new virtual machine wizard appears.
Click next to continue the installation process of the new Virtual Machine (VM).
You can choose the installation media. Since I have a .ISO image of the guest OS, I chose the option installer disc image file (iso). Click next.
Note: You can use a CD/USB for Guest OS installation instead of an ISO file.
Enter the details including Full name, username and password. Click next to continue.
Note: The username must be in small caps, it can be alphabets, numbers (0-9), or combination of both.
Choose a location where you need to store the virtual machine. By default it will choose C drive. Click next to proceed.
Specify the disk capacity you require for your virtual machine. By default a 64bit Ubuntu requires at least 20GB of space. There is also an option to select between the two methods of storing of the virtual disk as a single file or as multiple files. I prefer the second method.
If you want you can choose the customize hardware option to change the hardware settings if you require. Click finish.
The installation of the guest OS starts automatically. Wait until the process is completed.
Once the installation is completed, you can power on the guest OS.
Now login to the guest OS using the password.
Now your VM is ready to use. Enjoy using virtual machine just as you use your physical machine. You can try out the tools available in VMWare and get familiarized with it.
The VM can be viewed in full screen mode using the button shown below.
Note: It is always good to keep more RAM for our host machine. If you want to increase the RAM size for the virtual machine, you can do it any time after installation of the VM by clicking on edit virtual machine setting. You can add new hardware using the add button. You need to power off the guest Os to make the changes. I have increased the RAM from the default value 1GB to 2GB.
To know about the guest OS supported by VMWare workstation click here