How to Install VMware Workstation 16 in Kali Linux 2022

This article shows you how to set up and use VMware Workstation 16 Pro which allows you to run Windows or Linux systems virtually on Kali Linux 2022.1 computer.

As you know, Kali Linux is a widely used distro for hacker tutorials or to find security vulnerabilities on the network. This Linux distribution is widely used as it includes many free system and network-related tools.

If you want to use the Windows 10 operating system on your system after installing Kali on your PC, it is recommended to install the VMware virtualization software.

You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install VMware Workstation 16 Pro software on your Kali Linux computer and create a new VM.

Step 1: Open the Mozilla web browser on your Kali system and enter the web page below in the address line and visit it.

Step 2: Download the VMware software to your computer by clicking the Download button under Workstation 16 for Linux.

Step 3: Before installing VMware Workstation, update your Linux system’s software repository using the sudo apt update command.

sudo apt update

Step 4: Next, run the sudo apt install build-essential dkms command to download the required Linux kernels for the VMware software.

sudo apt install build-essential dkms

Step 5: Since you downloaded the VMware Workstation.bundle setup file to the Downloads location of your system, open the terminal and navigate to the relevant location using the cd ~/Downloads command.

cd ~/Downloads

Step 6: Run the chmod +x FileName.bundle command to edit the permission rights of the VMware.bundle file.

chmod +x VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.3-19376536.x86_64.bundle

Step 7: After editing the permission rights of the setup file, run the sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.3-19376536.x86_64.bundle command to start the setup.

sudo ./VMware-Workstation-Full-16.2.3-19376536.x86_64.bundle

Step 8: After installing the VMware program on Kali, find it from the start menu and run it.

Step 9: If you see the Kernel Headers 5.15.0-kali3-amd64 error in the VMware Kernel Module Updater window when you run the program, you need to download and install this package.

Step 10: To download and install the Kernel Headers 5.15.0-kali3-amd64.deb package, run the commands below in the terminal.

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64_5.15.15-1kali2_amd64.deb

Step 11: When you see that additional packages linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-common and linux-kbuild-5.15 need to be installed during the installation, run the commands below in the terminal and install the dependent packages.

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-common_5.15.15-1kali2_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-kbuild-5.15_5.15.15-1kali2_amd64.deb

Step 12: After installing the necessary packages, you will see that it is successful when you try to install the Kernel Headers 5.15.0-kali3-amd64.deb package again.

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64_5.15.15-1kali2_amd64.deb

Step 13: Run VMware Workstation again and click Install in the pop-up window to compile the Linux kernels.

Step 14: When you complete the process, the license window of the VMware software will open. Accept the end-user and OVT Tool license terms.

Step 15: Activate the new version control every time you run the virtualization program.

Step 16: You can support its developer by joining the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

Step 17: If you purchased VMware Pro, you must have the product key. You can activate the program by typing your product key in the activation window, or you can activate the trial period by ticking the option I want to try the program for 30 days.

Step 18: When the VMware Workstation 16 Pro main screen opens, you can check the version of the program from the About section.

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