Run Windows In Ubuntu Using VMware Player

Microsoft’s Windows is the most widely used operating system. Linux operating systems are popular rivals of MS Windows. The main advantage of Linux systems is that it is less prone to virus attack and is more safe to use. A popular demand for Linux users has been on using Windows applications in Linux. This requires the use of a third party application.

The application known as VMware Player can be used to run Windows applications in Ubuntu Linux. It can install any version of Windows in virtual machines. Users will be able to have the full Windows experience in Linux by using VMware player and can also run windows apps side by side with Linux apps. This tutorial provides the steps to install Windows in a Linux system

Download VMware

  • Step 1: Locate the site from which we can download VMware player
  • Step 2: Register for a free account from the VMware Login page in the official website –
  • Step 3: If you are already registered, then login with VMware account
  • Step 4: Download the latest VMware player version. This version depends on your system. Download a 32 bit version for 32 bit systems and 64 bit version for 64 bit systems. You can download VMware Player for free but it requires for you to have a VMware account as well.
  • Step 5: Install VMware on Linux. It is not difficult to install VMware in Linux. The installation should be started at the terminal.
  • Step 6: To install from the Terminal, substitute the version number at the end of the downloaded file with: version/build_number The file would now appear as chmod +x ./VMware-Player-version/build_number.bundle
  • Step 7: Now start the installation by entering the following:gksudo bash ./VMware-Player-version/build_number.bundle.
  • Step 8: Provide the Administrator password if prompted. The VMware graphical setup wizard will now open.
  • Step 9: Choose if you want to check for VMware updates and submit the data to VMware
  • Step 10: Resume installation of VMware by following the instructions. The installation will take only a few minutes and does not require you to reboot the system after installation.
  • Step 11: Go to Applications and select System Tools
  • Step 12: Launch VMware player
  • Step 13: Accept the license agreement to run the program

Installing Windows with VMware

  • Step 1: Click ‘Create a New Virtual Machine’
  • Step 2: Select the mode of installation (Either an ISO image file or installation disc). VMware will detect Windows from the installation destination.
  • Step 3: Click ‘Next’ to resume the installation
  • Step 4: Provide the Windows product key
  • Step 5: Select a version of Windows to install
  • Step 6: Provide your name and password
  • Step 7: Click Next. In case if you don’t have a product key at the moment, you can just leave the field and provide the rest of the details. Upon clicking Next, VMware will ask if you want to continue the installation without the key. Click Yes.
  • Step 8: Enter a name for the Virtual Machine and select a storage destination for the machine
  • Step 9: Choose a size for the Virtual hard drive, which will be 40 GB by default
  • Step 10: Choose an option to either store the disk as a single file or split into multiple files
  • Step 11: Click Finish
  • Step 12: Click ‘Download and Install’ if prompted for Software updates


After this tutorial, you will be able to Play Windows Virtual machine via the VMware player. Windows app will work fine in Linux after activating Unity mode. Use the VMware help menu and explore the software to learn how to use Windows effectively in Linux.

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