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. Free for anyone: VMware Player from or
  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

Error Messages

You may get the following error screen:


The reason probably is because your computer came with BIOS settings that disable running of virual machines. You need to enable your machine to support virtualization by modifying the BIOS settings, which should simply require rebooting the machine and usually pressing F12 or some key that is displayed at boot time to go into BIOS settings. Here is a link to instructions on how to do it for different platforms. If you can't find a way to get into the BIOS settings screen and change the setting, ask another student or teaching staff for help.

Go to the section "How to Enable Hardware Virtualization" and follow the instructions for your platform. Here is a short summary of the instructions:

- Dell: When booting your computer, press F12 key. That should get into BIOS settings. look for a setting for Virtualization support and enable Intel Virtualization Technology. Apply/Save the settings and Exit. Then reboot.

- HP: Pretty similar as Dell, except that you may have to press Esc -> F10 during boot.

- Lenovo/IBM: Press the ble ThinkVantage key at startup. Then press F1 to enter BIOS. Then, look for Config -> CPU -> Intel Virtualization Technology and enable the settings. Then save, exit, and reboot.

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