This step by step guide shows how to install SharePoint 2010 on a virtual machine. Each step shows a screenshot that will help users to better understand the step. Host computer used during the preparation of this guide was a Vista (32-bit) machine (IBM 64-bit). Guest machine used was VMware workstation 7.0.
The guide lists hardware and software requirements. It has up-to-date links to download pre-requisite software. Pre-requisite software has to be installed in a particular order. Guide gives you tips on what to avoid during the installation. This is the most comprehensive compilation of SharePoint 2010 installation steps.