How to Install Linux Mint 21 using VMware Workstation 17

This article shows how to install Linux Mint 21 on a new virtual machine with VMware Workstation 17 on Windows 10.

By using one of the Workstation or Player software developed by VMware, you can install a virtual operating system on your physical computer with virtualization support.

The systems you will install on virtual machines will work entirely independently of your host operating system and will not damage your system files.

After installing the VMware software on your computer, you can create a new virtual computer and install and run Linux, Windows, or any other system.

Follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install version 21 of Linux Mint on a VMware virtual machine.

Step 1: First, visit Linux Mint’s website using the link below and download the ISO installation file to your computer.

Step 2: Open your VMware virtualization program after downloading the Linux Mint ISO file.

Step 3: Open the new virtual machine creation wizard.

Step 4: Continue with Custom (Advanced) in the VM wizard.

Step 5: Change the virtual machine’s compatibility setting according to your Workstation program’s latest version.

Step 6: Select “I will install the operating system later” to better configure the virtual machine settings before installing the guest operating system.

Step 7: Select the system platform you will install on the virtual machine as Linux and change the version to Ubuntu 64-bit.

Step 8: Configure the location where you will install your virtual computer and change its name.

Step 9: Configure an appropriate number of processor cores according to the characteristics of the processor hardware of your physical computer.

Step 10: Configure the RAM (Memory) size of your Linux Mint virtual computer by the RAM capacity of your computer.

Step 11: Select NAT for your VM’s network connection.

Step 12: Select LSI Logic as the I/O controller type.

Step 13: Change the virtual disk type to NVMe.

Step 14: Create a new virtual disk and configure the disk size higher than recommended.

Step 15: Leave the name and location of the virtual disk at the default value.

Step 16: Click Customize Hardware to configure further the virtual hardware settings of your Linux Mint guest machine.

Step 17: Click on Processors device and then tick Virtualization Engine properties.

Step 18: To add the Mint ISO file to your VM, select “Use ISO Image File” from the CD/DVD device and add the installation media via the Browse button.

Step 19: Change the compatibility setting to 3.1 from the USB device.

Step 20: Remove the virtual printer device if you don’t need it.

Step 21: Enable 3D graphics acceleration on the display device and configure an appropriate graphics memory size.

Step 22: After making the virtual machine settings, click OK, review the scenes in the summary window, and click Finish.

Step 23: Run your Linux Mint virtual machine for installation.

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