A great way for you to try out Kubuntu Linux before you decide to dump your computer and do away with Microsoft Windows for good is by running Linux in a virtual machine. Another reason to install Kubuntu or Ubuntu in a virtual machine is so you can run Windows and Linux at the same time on your pc or laptop. Today I’m going to show you how to install Kubuntu 16.04 LTS on Vmware Workstation 12, which I have running on Microsoft Windows 7. In order to create your Kubuntu Vmware Workstation virtual machine you will need to download a copy of the following files to your computer.
Kubuntu 16.04 LTS or any other version of Kubuntu/Ubuntu Distro you want to install.
Vmware Workstation Pro 12, this is a evaluation version, you can also use Vmware Workstation Player which is free if you don’t plan on buying Vmware Workstation Pro.
Once you have downloaded a copy of Kubuntu 16.04 and whatever copy of Vmware Workstation you decide to use, you will then need to install Vmware Workstation to your Windows 7 computer. After you have installed Vmware Workstation to you computer, you will then want to make sure you are using the latest version of Vmware Workstation before you create you Kubuntu virtual machine. You can make sure you are using the latest Vmware Workstation by opening the Vmware program, then click on the Help menu drop down link, followed by clicking of Software Updates located within the Help menu link. Refer to the image below if you need help updating Vmware Workstation Pro 12.
Kubuntu Vmware Workstation Pro 12 Install Guide
Once you have installed and updated Vmware, you can now begin the process of installing Kubuntu 16.04 or Ubuntu 16.04 if you prefer. The first step to install Kubuntu on Vmware Workstation is to configure the virtual hardware that you new operating system will be able to work with. The easiest way to install Kubuntu on Vmware is by using the New Virtual Machines Wizard, which can be accessed by clicking on the File Menu, followed by New Virtual Machine inside the File Menu. Once the New Virtual Machine Wizard loads set the following parameters in order to install your new operating system within Vmware.
When the New Virtual Machine Wizard first load, select the Custom (advanced) radio button then click the next button. This will allow you to create a custom install for Kubuntu and allow you to have more control over your Kubuntu Vmware virtual machine install. The next screen will ask you about the Virtual Machine hardware compatibility. Make sure that the Hardware compatibility is set on Workstation 12.0, then select next.
After you set the hardware compatibility you will then be asked to select the location of the Kubuntu .iso file location. This is usually located under you downloads folder. Simply select the the Installer disc image file (iso) radio button, then click on the browse button. Locate your copy of the Kubuntu 16.04 .iso file that you downloaded earlier then click the next button.
Now that you have selected the Kubuntu iso, you will then be asked to fill in information for the Easy Installation of Kubuntu. Vmware will ask you for you name, username and password you want set for the new virtual machine. During the installation I found that the Easy Installation did not work for me, so what you need to do to fix this problem is once you fill in all the options for Vmware and you load the Kubuntu installation media for the first time, go immediatley to the shutdown guest option and shut down the Kubuntu installation.
Then click on the VM file menu, then click on the Settings option. Once the Settings menu opens up go to CD/DVD (sata) link and change the autoinst.iso to the kubuntu-16.04-desktop-amd64.iso. Then go to the CD/DVD 2 (sata) link and remove the Kubuntu iso from the location text box. Once you make the above changes you can now start the Kubuntu virtual machine to begin the installation of Kubuntu within Vmware Workstation Pro 12.
Kubuntu Vmware Virtual Machine Installation
As soon as the Kubuntu 16.04 LTS installation media loads, click on the “Install Kubuntu” icon located on the desktop. The first screen that you will come to when you start installing Kubuntu is the Welcome screen which will ask you what language you want to install Kubuntu with. Once you make the selection of what language you want to use, select the continue button. The next screen that will open once you select your language is the Disk Setup screen, I have chosen to use the Guided – Use the entire disk option, but you can use whatever one you prefer if you are confident at setting up partitions and mount points.
Once the Kubuntu partition program setups you hard drive you will then be asked to set the Time Zone so your virtual machine clock stays in sync with the correct time. After you select your time zone, the Kubuntu install will ask you to select your keyboard that you use on you computer. Usually the default keyboard is the one you want to use, so more then likely will have to just click the continue button. To finalize your installation of Kubuntu all you need to do is fill in your User Info, this would be the same information you filled in earlier for the Easy Install section. This concludes the Kubuntu Vmware Workstation Pro 12 installation.