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Using VMware Workstation to Run Ubuntu Linux on Windows 10

VMware Workstation* is a desktop virtualization program that lets you run multiple different operating systems on your Windows PC at the same time. It’s a great tool for developers because it allows you to dev/test your programs on a machine similar to what is used in production.

In this post, we’ll see how to create a Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 VM so that you can run Linux on your Windows PC without needing extra hardware or to duel boot.


Before we begin, you should have VMware Workstation* installed on your Windows PC.

  • Read this tutorial to learn how to install VMware Workstation on Windows 10.
  • Download the Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 ISO from here.

Let’s begin.

Create the Ubuntu Desktop VM

Open VMware Workstation then click on Create a new Virtual Machine.

Select Typical then click Next.

Select Installer disc image file (iso) then click Browse.

Navigate to the location of the Ubuntu ISO image then click Open.

Click Next.

Provide the user name and password you will use to sign into Ubuntu then click Next

Give the virtual machine a name and assign the folder to store its files then click Next.

Set the size of the Ubuntu hard disk, then click Next.

Click Finish to create the VM.

The wizard will close and the virtual machine should power on.

Step 10

Ubuntu will start installing. Wait for the installation to finish.

Step 11

Once finished, sign into Ubuntu with the username and password you specified above.

Step 12

That’s it. You are now ready to start using Ubuntu.

Step 13


VMware Workstation* is a great tool for developers because it allows you to use multiple operating systems on the same hardware without having to duel boot. In this tutorial, we saw how easy it is to get Ubuntu running alongside Windows.