As we’re used to Windows we thought it might be fun to try out Linux. In this guide we will install Ubuntu Mate on a Virtual Machine so that we don’t have to install the new OS on a local hard drive.

With VMware Player you can install a full OS – virtually.  Linux can be installed on a virtual hard drive as a file on your local hard drive. If you’re not satisfied, simply delete the virtual hard drive like any other file,  or in VMware Player, right click and select:  “Delete from disk”.

The nice thing is that you can try Linux in Windows without risking anything!
We’ve chosen Ubuntu Mate desktop in our wizard. Let’s begin!

Install Ubuntu Mate with VMware player

  1. Download VMware Player to your windows PC
  2. Download any Linux distribution, in my example I download
    Ubunte Mate 15.10 beta

  3. Open Vmware and Create a New Virtual machine

  4. The movie shows how to install Ubuntu, in this case Ubuntu Mate.

    Create a new virtual machine with the ISO file downloaded in step 2.

    As usual during a normal Windows installation, fill in a name, username and password when install. To make it simple, We used the name “test” on all selections.

    We usually make the virtual hard disk a single file instead of splitting the drive in to several files. Max HDD size depending on how much space you can spare.
    If you want, use the default selection in all options

    Change hardware settings to suit your config. We have 4 cores on the Host machine but we’ll only use 2 cores  on the virtual machine which is enough for us. You change this setting in “Processors” on the virtual machine. To allow the virtual machine to have its own network and not share with the host computer we select the bridged mode, instead of NAT in the “Network Adapter”. That way the virtual machine gets its own IP address from the router.
    If you want, use the default selection in all options

    When you press finish the virtual machine starts  to install Ubuntu. When the installation is done, you have a fully functional Linux  Ubuntu OS in a Windows  OS environment.

    Yes we know, its to easy, but it’s true.


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