How to Install Ubuntu 9.10 using VMware in Windows Vista

by Stephen on October 29, 2009 · 2 comments

in Ubuntu, VMware

[Note: A more detailed instruction can be found on this post: How To Run Multiple Operating Systems At The Same Time]

My laptop is pretty old and slow :/ so I am looking to install Ubuntu onto my desktop, running Vista. I have done dual booting before but that is not what I really want to do since with dual booting, I can only use one OS at a time. Because my performance is best under Windows, I want to be able to use both Windows as main and multiple other OS for learning at the same time.

I have heard of VMware long before which provides something about virtual environment so I headed over to After several hours of reading there, I found the product that best matches my needs: VMware Player (Free).

This instruction set provides instructions to install Ubuntu 9.10 using VMware 3.0 in Windows Vista.

  1. Obtaining VMware Player: Visit their download page and download VMware Player 3.0.
  2. Once downloaded, double click on the downloaded file to install.
  3. Once install is complete, restart your computer.
  4. Obtaining Ubuntu: visit and download Ubuntu 9.10, if you have not done that already. You can either a) burn Ubuntu onto a CD or b) just leave Ubunto on its own .iso file
  5. Now start VMware Player (start => all programs => vmware)
  6. Click on Create A New Virtual Machine
  7. If you have Ubuntu in a CD, check Installer Disk and select the proper CD drive.
    If you have Ubuntu in an .iso file, check Install Disk Image File (iso) => then Browse for the location of the .iso file.

    In this tutorial, I use the iso file to install.


  8. Once your iso file is selected, click next to enter your login information

  9. Follow the next a few screens then begin your installation



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Trent Spears December 2, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I did precisely what that told me to, yet when I attempt to start Ubuntu (64-bit), It shows an error message on the console window saying “Operating System not found…”

Any Fixes?


Shaddoo February 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Please after i write – top in the screen what should i do help me please


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