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Importing a VM into VMWare Player

Importing a VM into VMWare Player

First, open VMWare Player. You can find it in any of the following ways:

  1. Double-click the icon on your desktop, if present.
  2. Press Windows+R to bring up the Run dialog, then type vmplayer in the box and press enter.
  3. On Windows 8, you should be able to press the Windows key, then type vmplayer.
  4. If none of these work, you should be able to run it from its default location: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMWare\VMWare Player\vmplayer.

Once launched you should see a window like this:


Click on the Open a Virtual Machine button. Navigate to the image file, likely in your Downloads folder, and click Open:


In the Import Virtual Machine dialog that follows, you can optionally rename the VM. Once done, click the Import button to begin the process. This could take a few minutes depending on your physical machine’s characteristics.


Once the import finishes, you should see the new VM in the VMWare Player window. Click on Play Virtual Machine to start it up.


If the image you’re using is Linux, VMWare Player may ask you to install some extra tools for Linux. Go ahead and do this, as it allows greater control over the virtual machine. It may also request to update the keyboard timeout. Inexplicably, this is not set by the installer, but do this as well (press the OK button).


That should be it! It may take a minute or two to launch, but you should eventually get a window showing the VM booting. Happy developing!


When you attempt to start the virtual machine, you may see a window telling you something to the effect of “Virtualization (VT-x) not detected.” If you see this, then you need to enable this in your computer’s BIOS:

  1. Reboot your computer
  2. Look for messages that allow you to enter the system setup (frequently they correspond to pressing the DEL or F2 keys early in the boot process).
  3. Inside the BIOS configuration, you’ll need to enable this feature. It is often found under “Security”, “Advanced”, “CPU Settings”, or something similar. The name of the feature will likely be “Virtualization Technology”, “Virtualization Extensions”, “Hardware-assisted Virtualization”, etc. Enable this.
  4. Save and reboot the computer.

As always, if you have any trouble, please ask your TA, or contact the IT Staff.

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