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How to Install Ubuntu 19.04/18.10 on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation 15/14

In this article, we are going to install Linux / Ubuntu on Windows 10 PC using VMware Workstation 15 virtualization program.

How to Install Ubuntu 19.04/18.10 on Windows 10 using VMware Workstation 15/14

How to Install Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 on Windows PC using VMware Workstation

The full version released on October 18, 2018, after the Ubuntu 18.10 beta release. The 19.04 version released on April 18, 2019.

It will have a very different structure than previous versions. Here are the innovations of this version;

  1. Gnome 3.0
  2. Starting boost time and XDG portal support for snap applications
  3. Android integration
  4. Linux Kernel 5.0
  5. Faster booting with new compression algorithms

In the previous articles, we installed the 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) version of Ubuntu with the VMware Workstation virtualization program. We also installed Ubuntu 18.04 on a Laptop computer using VirtualBox. You can reach these articles from the links below.

In this article, we will setup Ubuntu (Cosmic Cuttlefish) system on the Windows PC / Laptop using VMware Workstation Pro.

NOTE: You can also setup Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 on VMware 15.1.0 Pro by following the steps in this article.

How to Run Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 on VMware Workstation 15/14

First, install VMware Workstation on your Windows 10 operating system, and then download the ISO file from here.

To setup Ubuntu OS using VMware on Microsoft Windows 10, follow the steps below in order.

   Step 1

Open VMware Pro and click Create a Virtual Machine. In the Create New VM window, select Custom (Advanced) and click on the Next.

New Virtual Machine Wizard

   Step 2

Select Linux / Ubuntu 64-bit in the operating system selection window and click on the Next.

Select a Guest Operating System

   Step 3

We recommend storing the VM on external HDD. Virtual machines run faster on USB 3.0 Portable Hard Disk.

After configuring the virtual disk to a different location, click Next.

Selecting Virtual Machine Name and Location

   Step 4

Depending on the hardware specifications of your computer, configure the processor settings for the VM and click the Next.

VMware Processor Configuration

   Step 5

Configure the 4 GB RAM value for the virtual pc and click Next.

Adding RAM to Virtual Machine

   Step 6

You can configure the network settings of the virtual machine that will work on VMware from the following window. After you select the NAT configuration for setup, click on the Next button.

VMware Network Types

   Step 7

To back up the virtual hard disk as a single file, select Store virtual disk as a single file and click on the Next button.

Store virtual disk as a single file

   Step 8

After creating a new virtual machine for setup, check the settings and click the Finish button.

Ready to Create Virtual Machine

   Step 9

Open the virtual machine’s processor settings and enable the virtualization feature.

Enable Virtualization Option for Virtual Machine

   Step 10

Add the ISO file to the virtual machine.

Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 ISO

   Step 11

Run the virtual machine.

Running Ubuntu Virtual Machine

   Step 12

Your Linux system is ready for setup on the VMware Workstation software.

Starting Ubuntu Installation

   Step 13

Click the Install Ubuntu button to start the setup.

Install Ubuntu

   Step 14

Select your keyboard layout and click the Continue button.

Keyboard Layout

   Step 15

Since it is still in beta, it is recommended to do Minimal Installation. After selecting Minimal Installation, click the Continue button.

Minimal Installation

   Step 16

To make a clean installation, select the Erase disk and install Ubuntu option and click the Install Now button.

Erase disk and install Ubuntu

   Step 17

Click the Continue button in the information window to make changes on the disk.

Write the changes to disks

   Step 18

Select the location you live in and click Continue.

Where are you

   Step 19

Create a user account for the virtual machine and click Continue.

Who are you

   Step 20

Wait while setting up Ubuntu system on VM Workstation 15/14.

Welcome to Ubuntu

How to Install VMware Tools

After installing it on VMware, you need to build VM Tools. Follow the steps below to install VMware Tools step by step.

   Step 1

Click the VM / Install VMware Tools button to launch the VM Tools setup.

VM / Install VMware Tools

   Step 2

Once the VMware Tools DVD image is mounted on your system, drag and drop the VMwareTools-10.2.5-8068393.tar.gz file to your desktop.

VMwareTools-10.2.5-8068393.tar.gz

   Step 3

Extract the VMwareTools-10.2.5-8068393.tar.gz file to another folder. Then open the VMware Tools folder and start the Terminal here.

VMwareTools-10.2.5-8068393.tar.gz

   Step 4

Use the sudo su command to switch to root access in the terminal, and then execute ./vmware-install.pl to install VMware Tools.

./vmware-install.pl

   Step 5

After setting up VM Tools, restart your system and click View / Fit Guest Now to automatically configure the resolution of the virtual machine.

Fit Guest Now

   Step 6

You can review the version of your Linux system in the Settings / About section.

VM Full Screen

How to Configure Ubuntu in VMware Software on Windows 10 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to setup Ubuntu and VMware Tools using VM Workstation on Windows 10, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us…

Ubuntu Installation with VMware

How to Setup Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 on VM Workstation 15 ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to setup it using VMware Workstation 15 on Windows PC. After upgrading your Beta system will be added to new icons and interface features.

Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 Setup Video

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 on a virtual machine on a Windows 10-based Laptop. Finally, we have installed VM Tools to make the virtual machine more powerful. Thanks for following us!

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