How to Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu on VMWare

Lately, people have been obsessed with VMWare Technology (Virtual Machine Software). VMWare helps you in emulating a virtual OS on your Laptop / PC / Mac.

Why dual-boot on VMWare instead of dual booting your Laptop / PC / Mac?

  • Security of data.
    People tend to be worried about the data they have on their HDD, while dual booting, as any changes made to the HDD may or may not corrupt the data on it. To avoid such risk we can dual-boot on VMWare minimizing the risk of loss of data.
  • Sparks curiosity.
    Also, most of us know how to dual-boot a Laptop / PC / Mac. But very few know that it is also possible to dual-boot on VMWare.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • 64-bit x86 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent, AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Dual Core Processor or equivalent
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM recommended
  • Workstation Pro installation:
    • 1.2 GB of available disk space for the application. Additional hard disk space required for each virtual machine. Please refer to vendors recommended disk space for specific guest operating systems.

NOTE: Workstation 12.5 Pro requires a 64-bit host operating system

  • Host operating systems* (64-bit):
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2008
    • Ubuntu 8.04 and above
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and above
    • CentOS 5.0 and above
    • Oracle Linux 5.0 and above
    • openSUSE 10.2 and above
    • SUSE Linux 10 and above
    • For Windows 7 Aero graphics support in a virtual machine
    • 3GB RAM (Host PC)
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz and above or AMD Athlon 4200+ and above
    • NVIDIA GeForce 9900GT and above or ATI Radeon HD 2600 and above

Things you’ll need beforehand.

Once Everything is downloaded, follow the steps to successfully Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu.

Phase 1: Installing 1st Operating System on our virtual machine.

Step 1: Open VMWare workstation from your Laptop / PC / Mac.

Select “New Virtual Machine”

Step 2: Set the new Virtual Machine Settings (For Windows 7 Virtual Machine).

Select “Typical (Recommended)”

Step 3: Select The Windows 7 image (.iso) file.

Click on “Browse” and select the Image file downloaded in the pre-requisite step.

Step 4: Enter the Product Key (if you have one) or Leave blank if the image is a pre-installed copy.

You can add a “Password” which is optional. And a “Full Name” which is mandatory.

Step 5: Name your Virtual Machine.

You need to give the Virtual Machine a name, and /or set the Location By clicking “Browse”

Step 6: Specify Disk Capacity.

The Maximum Recommended disk size is “40 GB” for “Windows 7”

Step 7: Click “Finish” to complete the procedure.

Step 8: You can set the RAM allocation to your Virtual Machine by clicking the Customize Hardware Button as shown below.

Step 9: Start the Virtual Machine by Clicking on the Green Play icon.

Wait till all steps are completed and then restart your Virtual Machine.

Phase 2: Setting up the environment for Dual-Booting.

Follow the pictorial steps for further settings for Dual-Booting.

1. Edit Virtual Machine Settings

2. Edit CD/DVD settings

3. Replace the Windows image file by clicking on Browse button.

4. Change it to the Ubuntu iso previously downloaded.

Phase 3: Installing 2nd Operating System on our virtual machine (Dual-Booting).

Step 1: Start your Virtual Machine after finishing the steps in Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Step 2: On the Boot Screen of your virtual machine Press “Esc” Key as shown below.

Step 3: On the next Boot Options screen select “CD / DVD Drive” as your selection and press “Enter”.

Step 4: Follow the On-Screen instructions to install Ubuntu.

4.1 Ubuntu Loading Screen

4.2 Click on Install Ubuntu

4.3 These are optional settings. You can skip these and click on Continue to go forward and install Ubuntu.

4.4 Select Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7

4.5 This screen shows the partition size of the two OS. You just need to click on Install Now

4.6 On the Warning Message Screen Click Continue

4.7 Confirm your settings and click Continue

4.8 Select Your Timezone and Region and click Continue

4.9 Select your Keyboard layout and click Continue

4.10 Fill in the relevant user data and click Continue

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4.11 Ubuntu installation begins. Sit back and relax! This might take a few mins.

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4.12 After Installation is complete, click on Restart Now button.

Phase 4: The Result

After the virtual machine restarts, this is the screen you will see.Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu