Do you want to try Linux Ubuntu without leaving Windows 10?
It’s easy! Just create a Linux Ubuntu virtual machine on your Windows 10 PC using VMware, one of the best virtualization software.
This allows you to use Linux in a single window without having to leave your main operating system.
For my example, I chose to install the inevitable Ubuntu distribution. It’s a safe bet, by far the most known and widespread in the world, whether on computers, servers, or connected objects.
As easy to learn as Windows or macOS, this distribution doesn’t require endless command lines. For beginners, I recommend the LTS (Long Term Support) version, updated every six months and maintained by its publishers, Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation, for five years.
In addition, Ubuntu comes with a whole set of hardware drivers and pre-installed software, including the LibreOffice office suite, not to mention the tens of thousands of programs in its application store, including GIMP for image editing.
- Installing Ubuntu with VMware
- Download the ISO image of the Ubuntu
- Installing Ubuntu in VMware
Installing Ubuntu with VMware
- Enable the hardware virtualization feature in the computer’s BIOS
- VMware Workstation Player 15 or later
- Ubuntu ISO
Download and install VMware Workstation Player Free
Start by downloading VMware Workstation Player at this URL.
Once downloaded, proceed with the installation of VMware by double-clicking on the file VMware-player-x.x.x-xxxxxxxx.exe.
VMware installation is no different from other programs, “Next”, “Next”, and “Upgrade”.
Wait a few seconds during the installation process…
Once the installation is complete, click on “Finish”.
Download the ISO image of the Ubuntu
Now, download the Ubuntu ISO image (size: ~ 3.6 GB) from the official website. To do this, click on version number (22.04 LTS).
Installing Ubuntu in VMware
Now we can proceed to the installation of Ubuntu. Launch the VMware virtualization software.
We will now create a new virtual machine. To do this, click on ” Create a New Virtual Machine “.
Then check the box “I will install the operating system later”, and click “Next”.
Select “Linux” and in version select “Ubuntu 64-bit” and click “Next”.
Then choose the location of your virtual machine and click on “Next”.
Choose the capacity of the disk allocated to your virtual machine (20 GB minimum), then check the box “Store virtual disk as a single file”, then click on “Next”.
Finally, click on “Finish” to finalize the creation of your virtual machine.
Now let’s move on to the configuration of the virtual machine. To do this, right-click on the name of your virtual machine, then click on “Settings”.
For better comfort of use, I advise you to increase the amount of RAM and processors allocated to your virtual machine.
Then add the Ubuntu ISO image to your virtual machine, and validate with “OK”.
You can now start the Ubuntu virtual machine by clicking on “Play virtual machine”.
And here we go for the Ubuntu installation!
Once the installation is finished, here is the result! You can enjoy Linux on your Windows PC