How to run linux using virtual machine without configuring a dual boot
This post is all about running a Linux operating system using virtual machine without doing a dual boot , if u already have a Windows Operating System. Now, these questions arise from the beginners :-
1-Why should we use Linux , when we have much more user-friendly Windows Operating System with us.
2-What are the problems in dual booting?
Windows has got really good graphical interface but the problem is that it is simply predefined and we can’t modify it to work as we need . On the other hand , Linux is very powerful and also an open source software, that is we are free to customize or edit as per our demands.
Dual booting is not a bad option,but you should be ready to compromise with the space in your hard disk and it is also a bit complicated for the beginners . Otherwise go for a virtual machine which will run Linux in your Windows itself . So whatever experimentation you perform over the virtual OS running in the virtual machine , it won’t affect your real hard disk but only the virtual instance running over it.
Virtual machine is a software which can run Linux above your Windows OS without installing it to the hard drive.For this you just need two things
-A visualization software (like VMplayer being most popular)
-Image of Linux OS.
To download VMwareplayer , follow the link and press ‘download‘ option provided in the link.
Next, follow the link to download the image of Linux (here we are using the most popular Ubuntu version.)
While downloading you may be asked to enter the system architecture.For this open your command prompt and type %processor_architecture%. If it returns X86_64,then it is 64 bit processor otherwise if it is only X86,then it is a 32 bit processor.Just perform the following steps.
– After downloading both , install VMware player and open it.
– Select “Create New Virtual Machine”option.
– Enter your Name , password and computer name.
– Adjust your disk size.
– Select “Customize” option and increase your memory option if required.
– Click “finish” and reopen the VMware player.
Now you are all ready to experience the Linux operating system over your Windows Operating System.