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How to run Ubuntu on Windows 7 with VMware Player

Do you want to use Ubuntu Linux programs but prefer the convenience of Windows 7? VMware Player allows you to install a full copy of Ubuntu and integrate it with your Windows 7 computer for free.

VMware Player makes it easy to install UbuntuLinux as a virtual machine in just 5 clicks. It then provides easy access to Ubuntu programs right from your desktop using Unity mode. Here's how you can set this up on your computer.

To begin

First, download and install VMware Player (Link below). The download is free but requires registration.

You may be prompted to installdriver; just approve it. We didn't see them in our last test, but we did in the past. When you have finished installing VMware Player, you will need to restart your computer.

Install Ubuntu

Once you've installed VMware Player and downloaded Ubuntu, you're ready to set up Ubuntu. Open VMware Player and choose Create New Virtual Machine.

You can install Ubuntu from a floppy disk or directly from the ISO file that you can download (Link below). This is the easiest method if you only want to use Ubuntu in VMware Player. However, if you have an Ubuntu hard drive, you can choose that too. Once you've selected your installation media, VMware Player will automatically detect Ubuntu and indicate that Easy Install will install it. Click next to continue.

Now enter your name, username and password. All fields are required.

Please note that the username may only contain lowercase letters and numbers.

The password must be at least 8 characters long.

Now choose a name for your virtual machine and the location. Just click Next to accept the default settings.

You can choose how big you want your virtual hard drive to be; The default is 20 GB, but you can choose a different size. Please note that the entire 20 GB is initially not used on your hard drive. We only took up 3.6GB on a clean install, but this increases as you install programs and save files.

And that's it! You can review your settings and change them here, or just click Finish to begin installing Ubuntu!

VMware Player now installs Ubuntu without any further input. The window may display cryptic commands, but don't worry, there is nothing else you need to do to install Ubuntu.

During the installation, you may be prompted to download and install VMware Tools for Linux. Just click Download and the tools will automatically download and install, although you may need to approve the UAC prompt.

VMware continues to install Ubuntu even while the tools are downloading. When the installation is complete, you will see the Ubuntu login screen. The full installation took about 30 minutes in our test.

Choose your username and enter your password to access Ubuntu.

Welcome to your Ubuntu desktop!

Install VMware Tools

VMware Player tries to automatically install VMware Tools during the initial setup in Ubuntu, but sometimes it doesn't work. In our test, the tools could not be installed during the Ubuntu setup because our internet connection was interrupted. Your tests may or may not install it automatically. If it doesn't, follow the steps below to install it. Please note that this is quite complicated. So make sure you provide the correct information during the installation.

To install the tools, click VM, then choose Install VMware Tools from the menu.

This will open a file browser window. Double-click the VMwareTools icon. It should look like a box labeled tar.gz on the front.

This will open the compressed file. Click the Extract button at the top of the window.

Now select where the files should be saved. Simply click on "Desktop" on the left, then click on "Extract".

This will take a moment. When the files are extracted, click Close.

Now click on the Applications menu at the top of the screen, click on Accessories and then click on Terminal.

Enter the following to access the files previously unzipped:

cd ./Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib

Now enter the following:

sudo bash

and enter your password when prompted. Please note that the password is not displayed as you enter it. Just type it in and hit Enter when you're done.

Now we can install the VMware tools. To do this, enter the following:

./vmware-install.pl

Then just press Enter at the prompts to accept the defaults. A total of 5 questions should be asked. Just hit enter.

After a while, the following questions about documentation files may appear. Just hit Enter again at each prompt.

The installation is now complete. You still need to configure the tools. Simply enter "yes" at the prompt to do it automatically.

You may be asked to enable an experimental backup feature. at this prompt we simply entered "no".

Then you want to set up the graphics configurations. Enter "yes" at the prompt. Your screen may flicker or go black for a moment while you change these settings.

Finally, you will see the following message when the installation is complete.

Restart Ubuntu by clicking the button with your username in the top right corner and then selecting Restart from the menu.

Once your virtual machine has restarted, log into Ubuntu as you did before and your setup is complete!

Integrate Ubuntu in Windows 7

You can already use all Ubuntu tools and functions directly from the Ubuntu desktop in VMware Player. However, if you want to use your Ubuntu programs seamlessly across Windows, you need to enable Unity mode. From the VMware Player menu, click VM, then click Unity Mode.

Now you have an Ubuntu menu right above your Windows 7 start button!

By default, the Ubuntu windows have a border and a VMware logo.

To change this, click VM, then click Settings, select the Options tab and clear the Show Frames and Show Badges check boxes.

Now the windows look just like they did in Ubuntu.

You can run Ubuntu windows side-by-side with Windows 7 windows, and you can copy and paste, drag and drop between windows, and a lot more! The icons of the Ubuntu programs are displayed in the system tray just like normal Windows programs.

You can access all files in your Ubuntu virtual machine through the Ubuntu menu. Select Other, and then select Computer or Home Folder.

Conclusion

VMware Player gives us an exciting way to do the Ubuntu installation right in Windows 7. This would work the same way on all modern versions of Windows, including all editions of XP and Vista. In this tutorial we used Ubuntu 9.10, but other newer editions should work as well.

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