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Loading a Windows VM on Linux with VMware Workstation 5.5

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.

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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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