Windows: Using VMware Player or Workstation to Install Mint for 182
First download Mint software for VMWare from:
This is a zip file. You will need to extract the directory to an appropriate place using an unzip utility. If you're using Windows 7, you can probably just use the file explorer. Double-click on the .zip file, select all the folder inside, and drag it ouside. Otherwise, follow the instructions from Microsoft for opening zip files:
If you do not have an unzip utility on your Windows machine at all, you can download one such peazip or 7zip, from the Internet.
Downloading VMware Player or VMware Workstation
To open the above file, you need one of the following software from VMware:
- 1. Free for anyone: VMware Player from http://www.vmware.com/products/player or
- 2. Free for us: VMware workstation from http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation. Vmware workstation has more features, but none that you'll need for this course. See the page
for instructions to check your eligibility for free copy of VMware workstation.
The installation instructions are pretty similar for either player or workstation. We are going to assume that you are using vmware player.
After installing vmware player (note that this will require a reboot of your computer), run it from Start->VMware->VMware Player.
Starting the virtual machine
Once you are in VMWare player, select the "Open an existing Virtual Machine" option. Navigate to the folder you extracted and select the 182w12.vmx configuration file.
Then click on "Play virtual machine".
You will get an alert message that the machine might have been moved or copied. Click on "I copied it".
Then it may ask if you want "VMware tools for Linux". If so, say yes. (Note: The screenshot may be slight different from what you see because of the change of the name of the virtual machine file and the differences in versions of vmware workstation from when this screenshot was taken. That is OK.)
You should be all set! Continue instructions with Running and Shutting Down Mint