By using VMware workstation, you can install multiple operating systems within single operating system. You can do that by creating virtual machines. You do not need several partitions for this. Even in a single partition containing single operating system, you can install several operating systems. All you need is VMware workstation and ISO files (setups) of operating systems to be installed. Vmware gives you flexibility and freedom to install any operating system in any order without changing hard disk partitions. Also you can use all these operating systems at the same time, without restarting computer. You can install versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux together. I will give you example of how I installed Ubuntu in Microsoft Windows.
VMWare workstation 10.0.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 (ISO) were used in the following method. I used computer with core i5 processor and 4GB RAM. This computer has got Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows 8. VMWare workstation was installed in Microsoft Windows 7 and then Ubuntu was installed in VMware workstation by creating a new virtual machine.
Lets take example of installing Ubuntu in Windows 7 using VMware. First install VMware workstation. It also supports Microsoft Windows 8 and latest versions of Ubuntu Linux now.
Remember: When I say ‘Virtual Machine’, it means ‘one installation of any operating system’ within VMWare. For example, you installed Ubuntu in VMware, you just created a single virtual machine containing Ubuntu. You further installed Microsoft Windows 8 by using VMWare, you just created second virtual machine containing Microsoft Windows 8.
- Open VMware workstation and select, ‘create a new virtual machine’.
- Select typical configuration.
- Next you have to provide the installation media. You can use DVD drive containing operating system installation files or you can select disk image file (ISO). ISO is more convenient because its a direct way. Download Ubuntu ISO package. Select ‘Installer disc image file (iso)’ from vmware and browse to the path where Ubuntu ISO file is in your computer.
- Next you will have to type the username and password for Ubuntu.
- Type virtual machine name as it will appear in VMWarwe.
- Below you can check and change the location of the virtual machine. This location is where the Ubuntu installation files will be stored in PC.
- After that specify disk capacity for Ubuntu. Disk capacity is like a partition for this virtual machine that you are installing. If you choose 20 GB, it means Ubuntu will keep 20 GB of your hard disk partition that is being used to install Ubuntu. I used 20 GB because I needed room to install more programs in Ubuntu.
- You can also choose to store virtual disk as a single file or you can split it into multiple files. If you want to move this virtual machine to another computer, then choose ‘split virtual disk into multiple files’.
- Next screen will show you information about your new virtual machine being setup. But there is more you need to configure. At that screen click ‘customize hardware’.
- ‘Customize hardware’ option is really important where you can choose memory size, processors and more for this virtual machine. Choose at the least 1GB RAM for one virtual machine.
- Next Ubuntu will be installed. If your PC is connected to the internet, it will install the updates, languages and other stuff for Ubuntu automatically.
- Now see at the left side of VMWare. Left side panel will be displaying Ubuntu, under ‘My Computer’. That is your virtual machine containing Ubuntu. From the second menu of VMware that contain icons (below from program’s main menu that contains file, edit, view), you can switch to full screen.
- After installation, Ubuntu will be started. Note that you will not need to worry about Grub installation, complex file systems of linux or swap space. Its just like provide Ubuntu ISO file and you are done. VMware takes care of everything.
- Now VMware will contain Ubuntu in its left panel. You can turn that on of off by right clicking at that and going to ‘Power’ menu.
After installation Ubuntu will run in the VMWare. You will be using Ubuntu at the same time, right within Microsoft Windows.
The screenshots below will explain the whole process.
This way you just installed Ubuntu as a virtual machine in Microsoft Windows 7 by using VMWare workstation.
Similarly, you can install more operating systems. You just need to provide ISO file for operating system. You can install as many operating systems as you like. For example if you have Microsoft Windows 7 installed in PC. You can install VMware and use VMware to create virtual machines, each virtual machine containing a separate operating system. Lets say you can install Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows 8, Ubuntu and other Linux based operating systems at the same computer and you can use these operating systems at the same time. You can run all these virtual machines at the same time.
Also read: How to Install Multiple Windows Operating Systems on Computer