Do you wish to test the new Linux OS on your Windows PC? Well, you can install the Linux OS on your Windows 7 computer without disturbing your native Windows OS. Don’t know how? Well here is a way to install Linux OS on Windows 7 through VMware workstation.
You can easily install Linux on a virtual machine in your Windows PC with the help of VMware workstation. In this guide, I am providing the step by step instructions to install Linux OS on your Windows PC.
What will you need?
The following are the requirements for installing Linux on Windows 7:
- You should have VMware workstation 11 installed in your PC. If you don’t know how to do that, follow our tutorial to Install Typical VMware Workstation In Windows.
- Linux (Ubuntu) Installation Media (i.e., either an ISO image or a DVD)
Steps To Install Linux OS On Windows 7 Using VMware:
Step 1: To get started, first open up your VMware workstation.
Step 2: Inside the VMware dashboard, select “Create a new virtual machine”.
Step 3: This will now open up the “New VM Wizard” as shown below. Select “Typical” to create a Virtual Machine easily. Or else select “Custom” to create a Virtual Machine with the advanced options and then click “Next”. Here I am selecting “Typical” installation.
Step 4: In the next screen, choose the path where the installation media is stored. For this, first select “Install disc image file” radio button and then choose the path with “Browse” button.
Step 5: VMware will automatically detect the OS once you select the path. Now click “Next”.
Step 6: Enter your full name, username, and the password and click “Next”.
Note: Please make sure that your username is in the lowercase letters and numbers, and your password have at least eight characters. This password will act as your Linux Desktop login password.
Step 7: Now select a name for your new virtual machine and specify the path where it needs to be stored in the next screen. Just click “Next” to accept the default option.
Step 8: The next screen will let you choose the size of the virtual hard disk. The default disk size will be 20 GB, but you can change it as per your needs. Also, it is advisable to select “Split virtual disk into multiple files” if you wish to move your virtual machine to another computer in future. Click “Next”.
Step 9: Now the virtual machine is almost ready to be created. Next, verify the options that you have selected in the previous screens and if you wish to make changes do it by clicking on the “Back” button.
Step 10: You can also customize the hardware settings for your Linux OS with “Customize Hardware” button.
Here I am accepting the default hardware options. Now click on “Finish” to start creating the Virtual Machine.
Step 11: The Ubuntu OS will begin installing in VMware workstation. The installation window may show some cryptic commands as shown below. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything here. The installation of Ubuntu (Linux) OS will begin automatically, and it might take up to 30 minutes.
Step 12: After successful installation, you will be presented with your Linux Login screen. Enter you selected password (during installation) to access the Ubuntu desktop.
Welcome to your new Ubuntu Desktop.
That’s it. You have now successfully installed Ubuntu OS on your Virtual Machine (VMware).
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know using the comments section below.