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How to Install Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04 on VMware Workstation 15/14/12

In this article, we will examine how to install Linux / Ubuntu on a virtual machine using VMware Workstation 14/15 on a Windows 10 PC.

How to Install Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04 on VMware Workstation 15/14/12

How to Install Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04 using VMware Workstation

With VMware Workstation you can create virtual machines and install different operating systems on your computer.

I recommend you download the latest version of the VMware virtualization program before proceeding with the installation of Ubuntu with VMware. If you have it installed on your computer, you can skip this step directly.

The latest version of the VM Workstation virtualization program is 15.0.4 Pro. You can download VM Workstation 15 from here to your computer.

How to Run Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04 with VMware Workstation 12/14/15 on Windows 10 PC

Follow the steps below to setup Ubuntu step-by-step on a virtual machine on your Windows 10 computer!

   Step 1

Open the VM Workstation/Player and create a new virtual machine. You can determine the amount of Ram etc. as in the image below. Then add the Ubuntu ISO file to the CD/DVD device.

Run the Linux virtual machine.

Running Ubuntu Virtual Machine

   Step 2

Preparing for Ubuntu installation.

Preparing to Install

   Step 3

In the Language settings section, you can select English or another language. If you want to use Ubuntu in English, select English as in the image below and click Install Ubuntu.

Install Ubuntu

   Step 4

In the Preparing to install Ubuntu window, if you have configured the network settings of the virtual machine, tick “Download updates while installing Ubuntu” and “Install third-party software for Graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media” and click to continue.

Install third-party software for Graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media

   Step 5

This step is the most important part in the installation of Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04. If you want to setup a clean Ubuntu, you must select Erase disk and install Ubuntu as shown in the following image.

If you want to use Ubuntu on your physical computer, you need to create a new partition via the following other options.

Click Install Now to continue.

Erase disk and install Ubuntu

   Step 6

Click Continue on the Write the changes to disks window.

Write the changes to disks

   Step 7

Select where you live in the “Where are you” window and click Continue.

Where are you

   Step 8

In the text box, enter and select the country where you live.

Where are you

   Step 9

Click Continue to proceed setting up Ubuntu with VMware.

Where are you

   Step 10

In the Keyboard settings section, continue by selecting the keyboard layout you want to use.

Choosing a Keyboard Layout

   Step 11

In the “Who are you” window, continue typing your user name, computer name, and password.

Who are you

   Step 12

Copying files for the Ubuntu system …

Copying Files

   Step 13

Installing Ubuntu operating system …

Setting up System to Virtual Machine

   Step 14

The necessary packages for Ubuntu OS are being downloaded over the Internet …

Downloading Packages

   Step 15

Ubuntu installation on VMware Workstation completed successfully! Now, restart the virtual machine.

Ubuntu Installation Completed Successfully

   Step 16

The installation is complete but you receive the following error. You need to add code to the Ubuntu virtual machine vmx file.

Go to the Ubuntu installation location and open the file named “Ubuntu.vmx” and save the file by adding “cpuid.1.eax = 00000000000000010000011010100101” to the bottom line.

After you add the code, restart the Ubuntu virtual machine.

SMBus Host Controller Not Enabled

   Step 17

You will encounter the following image when you restart the virtual machine. Press the Enter key on the Ubuntu option and continue.

Ubuntu GRUB Menu

   Step 18

Type your password and press Enter.

Enter Your User Account Password

   Step 19

After you have successfully installed Ubuntu using VMware virtualization software, you need to setup VMware tools.

Ubuntu Desktop

   Step 20

Run the command prompt on the desktop with Right Button / Open Terminal.

Opening the Terminal in Ubuntu

   Step 21

The command prompt will appear as in the following image.

Opening the Terminal in Ubuntu

   Step 22

Before installing VMware Tools, you need to check the Internet connection. Because, for Ubuntu, VMware Tools software will be downloaded and installed from the Internet.

To ping over Ubuntu, you can execute the ping -c 2 www.google.com command.

ping -c 2 www.google.com

   Step 23

To install VMware Tools on Ubuntu, follow the apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop -y command.

apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop -y

   Step 24

VM Tools software installed successfully.

Installing VMware Tools in Ubuntu

   Step 25

Click Shut Down to Restart your Ubuntu virtual machine.

Shutdown Virtual Computer

   Step 26

After clicking the Shutdown option, click Restart to restart the virtual machine.

Restarting the Virtual Computer

   Step 27

After installing VM Tools in Ubuntu, you can review the display resolution of the virtual machine from the image below.

Ubuntu Installation on VMware Virtual Machine Completed Successfully

How to Setup Linux/Ubuntu using VMware Workstation 12/14/15 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to setup Ubuntu with the VMware virtual machine step by step, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

Ubuntu Setup Video

   Final Word

After installing Ubuntu 16.10 / 17.10 / 18.10 / 19.04, build the VMware Tools software. Otherwise, you won’t get full performance from the Ubuntu virtual machine. Thanks for following us!

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