VMWare Fusion Setup

In order to run Windows Applications on your Mac computer, the University provides access to VMWare Fusion and Windows 10 Educational on their Microsoft OnTheHub site: csuchico.onthehub.com

At the OnTheHub site, you can press the sign in button in the upper right corner, and then login with your Campus credentials.

Once you're logged in, you'll be presented with a list of software that you can download. First pick the Windows 10 Educational edition and add it to your cart, then continue shopping.

Next, select the VMWare tab at the top, pick VMWare Fusion for Mac, and add it to your cart as well.

onthehub vmware

With both pieces of software added to your cart, you can continue to checkout.

This will take you to the checkout screen. Take note of the serial numbers (you can get these later too, but it's easier if you copy them down now). Then download the .dmg installer for VMWare Fusion, and the .iso file for Windows 10 Educational (not pictured).

Once the download completes, open Finder and navigate to your Downloads file. Double click the VMWare Fusion dmg file to begin the installation.


This will mount the installer and open a pop-up. Double click the VMWare Fusion icon to begin installation.

You may be prompted to open a security exception for the application. If it does this, it should open your security settings, then you can click in the lower left to unlock, and allow VMWare Fusion. It will need these exceptions, or it will not run and you will get errors later.

Security & Privacy

Continue along with the installation, agreeing to the license agreement.

Enter the license key that you copied earlier from OnTheHub when you downloaded the software, then continue.

VMWare Fusion should now be installed. Go ahead and click Done.

At this point you may receive more security prompts to grant Accessibility access and possibly to installer a newer version of VMWare Fusion. I don't think it's necessary, but I recommend upgrading to the latest anyway.

accessibility permission

Make sure to allow all the requested Accessibility permissions.

Security & Privacy

When you're done updating VMWare Fusion, it should open automatically, but if not you can find it in your applications and launch it. Open up Finder to your downloads, find the Windows 10 iso file you downloaded earlier, and drag it onto the VMWare Fusion application.


Next you will be prompted for some configuration. I suggest using the Easy Install. Set an account name (this will be used to log into Windows), and a password (if you leave it blank, you should be able to log in leaving the password field blank), then enter the Product Key that you got from OnTheHub, and continue.

Easy install

Then it will ask the desired level of integration with your Mac. I recommend going with the more isolated approach, as it disentangles the Windows FS from your Mac FS, and generally leads to less confusion when installing other software in Windows. After making your choice, press continue.


You can edit the allocation of resources for your VM, or just accept the defaults, then pick a save location. The defaults should generally be sufficient unless you know specifically what you want for the allocations.

Save as

In some instances, you may get a Broken Pipe error when starting your VM. This is generally tied to your Mac security settings, but can be difficult to troubleshoot. If you added the security exception earlier, you may be able to bypass this by quitting VMWare Fusion (command Q), and reopening it. If you didn't make the security exemption earlier, if you open your security settings after getting the error, you may be able to unblock it, then restart. In some other cases, I've seen it required to update your OS X to the latest version before being able to bypass the error. If none of that works, and you still can't get VMWare Fusion to open, contact your instructor for support.


If you get past that potential issue, VMWare Fusion should continue along with the install. Let it go through and configure your Windows system, then you should be able to log in with the credentials you set up earlier. From there you can install any other Windows applications you may need.

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