Windows: Using VMware Player or Workstation to Install Mint for 182

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Windows: Using VMware Player or Workstation to Install Mint for 182
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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. Download 7zip from the Internet ( for your platform. Use that to extract the zip file. If you get errors, then try again with the following compressed file that is in a different compression format (7-zip should be able to extract from it).

If you have trouble, post to piazza with a screenshot of the error and the steps you took to get to the error. In the past, people have had trouble uncompressing the file using the standard Windows extract utility, but not with 7-zip.

After you have decompressed the downloaded file, you should see a 182vm folder.

Downloading VMware Player or VMware Workstation

To open the above file, you need one of the following software from VMware:

  1. 1. Free for anyone: VMware Player from or
  1. 2. Free for students officially enrolled in the class: VMware workstation from Vmware workstation has more features, but none that you'll need for this course. See the page

Getting a Free Copy of VMware software from UM

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.)

Mint screen.png

You should be all set! Continue instructions with Running and Shutting Down Mint

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