Install Elementary OS on a VM

Click here to install Elementary OS

1. System Requirements

Make sure that your computer can run Linux. Your computer must meet the following system requirements.

You need to make some free space on your existing hard drive where you’ll install elementary OS. I recommend allocating 30-40 GB for a comfortable use. You can allot more space if you want.

  • 2 GHz dual core processor
  • 2 gigabytes of RAM (system memory)
  • 25 gigabytes of hard drive space
  • A DVD drive or USB port on your computer

2. Install the .iso Elementary OS file

If you have enough space on your hard drive you can install the Elementary OS installer. Click on the link on top of this page to get the installer. Make sure you got enough free space on your harddisk.

(Press 0 instead of an amount to recieve the .iso download file)

3. Open your Virtual Workstation (VMWare)

  1. Press ‘Create a New Virtual Machine’
  2. Click ‘Next’ (Typical)
  3. Press ‘Installer disc image file (iso)’
  4. Click ‘Browse’
  5. Search the Elementary OS .iso file you already downloaded
  6. Click ‘Next’
  7. Fill in your details
  8. Fill in a name for your Virtual Machine
  9. Fill in the amount of hard disk you want to give the VM (40 GB+)
  10. Click ‘Finish’

If you followed every step, you will see the screen that’s displayed in the screenshot below. Next, click on ‘Install Elementary’.

4. Installation Elementary OS

  1. Install Elementary OS
  2. Click your keyboard layout
  3. Press ‘Download updates while installing elementary
  4. Let the second option blank.
  5. Choose the installation type. If you get this error, press the first option.
  6. Choose your timezone
  7. Fill in your details

5. You succesfully installed Elementary OS on a Virtual Machine!

You only have to reboot the virtual machine, not your own computer.


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