he article explains how a Windows computer can be configured for Linux use. The methods compiled here are reliable and simple. It is still recommended that these should be followed carefully to avoid running into common Windows problems.
If you want to use Linux on your Windows machine, you will need to make some configurations to it. Considering this, we have compiled a free Windows support guide that will guide you to easily configure your Windows machine for Linux use.
Download and install VMware Player. Visit the official VMware website and navigate to the Downloads & Patches section under Get Support (at the bottom of the page). Click on the VMware Player link and download the file. When prompted, press the Save File button to save the file. If prompted, choose a location to save the file. If you are not prompted, the file might get automatically saved in the Downloads folder.
When done, browse for the file and open the setup.exe file. When greeted by the VMware Player installation wizard, hit the Next button. Follow the on-screen instructions and complete installing VMware Player. When finished and prompted, restart your computer. When finished, you will see a VMware Player icon on your Desktop screen.
Now download any Linux program to your computer. There are various Linux programs like Ubuntu, Fedora, Damn Small Linux, Suse, andLinux, and Portable Ubuntu etc. available on the internet. You can choose any program as desired. Download the desired program from its official or a trusted website and save it to your computer.
Afterwards, open the saved Linux setup.exe file and run the installation wizard. Follow the on screen prompts and finish the installation. When prompted, restart your computer. As usual, you will see the shortcut icon of Linux program on Desktop. Now would also need to download an OS.zip file from the official website of Wolphination. Type OS.zip in the Search box at the extreme top right hand corner of the Wolphination website and hit Enter. Click on the OS.zip link and save the file when prompted.
You can download the OS.zip for VMware Player from any other website also. Make sure that it is a trusted one. This file is required to establish communication between the VMware Player and the Linux program that you downloaded above to your computer. Browse to the location where the OS.zip file is saved and extract all its contents to another file or folder in the C: drive. When done, close all the windows.
Now open the VMware file (OS.VMX). Right click on the VMware icon, select Open With, and then point to Notepad. The VMware file will be opened in a Notepad. Look for the line saying ‘ide1:0.fileName “C:Your file’. You will need to change the last path (from the C: drive) to the Linux program’s version. For example, depending on the version of your Linux program, it will become anything like C: OSFC—-. Save the changes that you just made in the Notepad and close it.
Now reopen the OS.VMX (VMware) file and Linux will fire up. Be patient as it can take some time depending on the RAM capacity of your computer. Enjoy Linux program on your Windows computer and customize it as desired. If there is no shortcut icon of the OS.VMX file on your Desktop, create one. To do so, right-click on the file and choose Create Shortcut icon to create the shortcut on your computer.
You can create a bootable Ubuntu Live USB CD to boot into a Linux program.
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