How to Install Ubuntu in VMware Player [Windows]

So you have been following the Linux community for a while and wanted to install a Linux based OS like Ubuntu while having the known surroundings and convenience of Windows. There are lots of ways to test Ubuntu without making permanent changes to your computer. Running Ubuntu from USB or CD/DVD drives is one of the ways. Here we are showing you another way to test Ubuntu via VMWare Player.

We have previously shown you how to install Ubuntu in a Virtualbox. VMWare Player is another virtualization software that allows you to run a virtualized OS in your current system.

Note: This tutorial shows you how to install Ubuntu, but it will work for most Linux distro as well.

  • Download VMware Player (free) – Once you have downloaded the software, just install it like any other software.
  • Ubuntu ISO – download it from Ubuntu’s official website. Personally, I recommend you to download the 32-bit version of Ubuntu unless you have tons of memory to spare. I really stress this because the 32-bit version of Ubuntu tends to run more smoothly on less memory (less than 2 GB) which is ideal for virtual machine.

1. Once you have downloaded VMware Player, install it in your Windows machine. Launch it via the desktop shortcut or by going to the Start menu. To create a new virtual machine, click on “Create a New Virtual Machine” link.

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2. The above action will open virtual machine wizard. Select the radio button “Installer disc image file (iso)” and click on the “Browse” button and point it to the Ubuntu ISO file. As you can see from the below image, VMware automatically detects the OS and makes all the arrangements for easy installation. Click the “Next” button to continue.

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3. In the next screen, fill in all the details like your full name, user name and a good password. After filling in all the necessary data, click the “Next” button to continue.

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4. Now you have to name your Ubuntu virtual machine. As you can see, I have named it “UbuntuMTE” and I’ve also changed the default location to a folder named “UbuntuMTE” in G drive because most of us won’t have enough space to spare in our C drive (OS installation drive). Of course, there is no need for you to change the default location if you have enough space.

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5. Here in this screen just leave the settings to default, e.g., “20 gigs” of virtual hard disk space and “split virtual disk into multiple files.” The default installation of Ubuntu takes around 4.5GB to 5GB, and the remaining free space can be used to install software, upgrades, etc. Click the “Next” button to continue.

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6. This is the best part of VMware because it will automatically adjust all the required hardware specs. If you want to customize things like the amount of RAM (memory) you want to dedicate or number of processor cores you want to use, just click on the “Customize Hardware” button to customize a whole bunch of virtual hardware settings.

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7. When you click the “customize hardware” button, it will open a window where you can tweak different hardware specs like…

  • RAM (Memory) – The amount of memory you want to dedicate to the virtual machine. As you can see, 1GB of RAM is enough for Ubuntu 32-bit version.
  • Processors – Here you can select how many processor cores you want to dedicate to the virtual machine. That said, the default setting is just good and don’t touch it unless you know what you are doing.
  • CD/DVD – Here you can select a different ISO or you can even point it to your physical CD/DVD drive. Of course, we’ve already pointed it to use Ubuntu ISO that we just downloaded, so there is no need for any changes.
  • NAT – Here you can change the networking settings of your virtual machine. By default VMware uses NAT (Network Address Translation) but if you want to change your network connection to Bridged or Host-Only, this is the place to do so.
  • USB Controller – Here you can change the USB compatibility mode from 2.0 to 3.0 or vice-versa. You can even customize stuff like whether you want to connect new USB drives automatically or to share your Bluetooth device (if you have one on your physical machine) with the virtual machine, etc.
  • Sound Card – By default, VMware uses your default host sound card, but if you want to change it to another sound card, then you can change those settings here.
  • Printer – If you have a printer connected to your physical machine, VMware can use it to print out your stuff.
  • Display – By default, VMware uses host display settings. But you can change those display settings according to your needs under this section.

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Note: If you are trying to install Ubuntu 64-bit version, I would recommend you dedicate at least 2GB RAM, otherwise you may not get a good smooth experience.

8. Once you have finished configuring all the virtual hardware specs, make sure the check box “Power on this virtual machine after creation” is checked and click the “Finish” button to start installing Ubuntu in VMware player.

9. As you can see from the below image, VMware automatically installs the Ubuntu OS. The installation will take a while, so just sit back and relax while VMware does the work for you.

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Once the installation is complete, your virtual machine will be rebooted automatically and you will be greeted with a gorgeous Ubuntu login screen.

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Enter your account password (the one you used in step #3) and hit the Enter button to start using and testing Ubuntu.

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So, last but not least – Welcome to Ubuntu desktop. Hope that helps and do comment below if you face any problems while installing Ubuntu in VMware player.