VMWare Workstation 11 side-by-side with Windows virtual machines

I'm a programmer, not a SysAdmin, but I need to install several different versions of Office on my computer, running different operating systems.  I currently have a laptop configured with the Windows 7 Pro, an XP VM and a 2nd Win 7 Pro VM, but both of those VMs were created with Windows.  Can I install VMWare Workstation 11 on that laptop and create VMWare VMs on that laptop as well?

I would also like to create several VMs on my desktop, so that I can switch back and forth during development testing.  I assume that this process is going to require me to first install Workstation 11, then create the VM and load the appropriate operating systems and software from disk, is that correct?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can I install VMWare Workstation 11 on that laptop and create VMWare VMs on that laptop as well?

Yes, make sure your laptop, is enabled in your BIOS for Intel Virtualisation - Enabled -- most by default are disabled.

I would also like to create several VMs on my desktop, so that I can switch back and forth during development testing.  I assume that this process is going to require me to first install Workstation 11, then create the VM and load the appropriate operating systems and software from disk, is that correct?

That is correct.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes. I have a Windows 8.1 Pro Laptop with VMware Workstation V11 running. I have Office 2013 on the host machine; Windows 7 Pro / Office 2010; Vista Business / Office 2007; XP Pro 1 / Office 2003 and XP Pro 2 / Office 2002. I have more going down the latter as well, but these are the most used ones.

You need a license for each OS you load, and you do not need to do it the way I did, but I wanted the different operating systems as well.

Soon I will have a Windows 10 laptop with Office 2016 (already running in a Windows 10 VM) and then I will make a Windows 8.1 VM with Office 2013.

Make sure you have enough memory:  8 GB for 1 or 2 simultaneous machines, 16 GB for 3 or 4 simultaneous machines.

I use Unity Mode in VMware Workstation so I can load two versions of Office / Outlook in same desktop space.
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Dale FyeAuthor Commented:
John,  

That is precisely my issue, I want to have different versions of Office running on each machine.  So that I can test various OS/Office configurations against software that I write.

I have an MSDN Ultimate subscription, so the licenses for the different OS and Office versions are not an issue.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can run a couple of versions of Office on one machine (but never Outlook). Also, associations often go bad when you have two copies of Office on the same machine. I keep them separate by using multiple machines as I noted. Then Unity Mode allows me to run together on the same workspace.

For me, from 2007 forward, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are very close. I have not tried Access very much.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We always use different computers/VMs for Office!
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Dale FyeAuthor Commented:
Thanks, guys.  I'm sure I'll be back to ask more about tweaking Workstation 11 settings and John's "Unity Mode"
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