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Loading a Windows VM on Linux with VMware Workstation 5.5

Having trouble launching a Windows virtual machine on Linux with VMware Workstation 5.5? The answer is pretty simple although it may not be obvious to new users. Read expert Andrew Kutz's advice to find out what to do.

How do I use VMware to load a Windows VM (virtual machine) on Linux?

I'm being locked into Windows because of the difficulty of installing/running other software. I live in a very rural area, and finding clear documentation for the novice is difficult. Some applications will only work in the Windows enviroment. Since I own several licenses to Windows, that is not the problem.

The biggest obstacle I have is, after loading Fedora Core 5 and VMware Workstation 5.5, I cannot find or execute VMware to load a Windows VM inside of Linux.

Okay. What Desktop Manager are you using? Fedora Core 5 lets you pick between K Desktop Environment and GNOME. With either one, the VMware Workstation installation should create a shortcut icon in your system menu. If for some reason that failed, you should be able to open up a terminal and type "vmware &" to launch the workstation application.

This was first published in November 2006

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