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How to install Raspberry Pi Desktop on Windows using VMware

VMware is generally a virtual machine software that allows one to run multiple Operating Systems from within an operating system. This, therefore, means that we can test Raspberry Pi without its hardware designed and optimized to run in the Raspberry Pi Module. This handy feature helps many people, especially developers or anyone who loves exploring other OSs and doesn’t have a Pi module.

Raspberry Pi, formerly known as Raspbian, comes with software for programming, education, and general use. With it comes Python, Sonic Pi, Java, Scratch, and more. In addition, it is a Debian-based stable OS just like Ubuntu. This, therefore, means that if you are familiar with Ubuntu, then Raspberry Pi should be friendly to you.

Installing VMware

Before proceeding with our article on installing Raspberry Pi on Windows VMware, we will quickly rush through the installation steps of the VMware Workstation. VMware is a lovely virtual tool to run and test apps you don’t need in the host machine. This helps users explore more and evaluate the new releases of the operating systems without altering their host PCs.

Step 1: VMware Official page

In this section, we will visit the VMware workstation official download page to download the VMware workstation.

Step 2: Download the program

Click on the download now link under the workstation 16 Pro for Windows section on the VMware website. After that, choose a location to save the installer file, for instance (download, desktop, etc.) that will be used to install the tool on your machine. 

download the workstation

download the workstation

Step 3: Initiate the setup wizard

Upon downloading, locate and double-click the workstation file you previously downloaded. Once double-clicked, a prompt asking, “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” will appear. Here, you will click yes.

Step 4: Agreeing to the license terms

On the next window (welcome wizard), click on Next, where you will see an End-User License Agreement. In this section, you will check the box behind (“I accept the terms in the License Agreement”) and click “Next.”

end user license

End-user license

Step 5: Choosing Keyboard efficiency (optional)

On the next window, check the Enhanced Keyboard Driver box and click Next.

custom setup

custom setup

This ensures that the keystrokes and special key combinations such as Alt+Ctrl+Delete works correctly and interchangeably for the host and the virtual machine. Nonetheless, you can leave the box unchecked as it won’t make any noticeable difference while in action.

Step 6: Configuring User experience settings

The next window will allow you to configure user experience settings. However, we highly recommend leaving the “Check for product updates on startup” and the “Join VMware customer experience improvement” boxes checked.

user experience

user experience

The first option will be performing an online check for any available program update. In contrast, the subsequent option will allow the VMware station to send anonymous data about the program from your PC to the VMware team.

Step 7: Manage shortcuts

In this step, we recommend leaving the desktop and Start Menu Programs Folder checked on the shortcuts window and click next. These options place the workstation shortcuts on the desktop screen and in the start menu after installation completion.

Managing shortcuts

Managing shortcuts

Step 8: Initiate the installation

Here, you will click the Install button on the Ready to install VMware Workstation window. Upon hitting the install button, give your PC some time to install.

ready to install

ready to install

Step 9: Finish

Once the installation is over, a window will appear; click the finish

finish button

button

and a prompt asking whether to restart now or not will appear; we suggest you select “Yes,” and you are done with VMware installation.

restart option

restart option

How to Install Raspberry Pi Desktop on Windows Using VMware

After that important info on VMware installation, let us go ahead and install Raspberry Pi Desktop on windows using VMware.

To this far, we believe you already downloaded the Raspberry Pi ISO file. If you have not, download the image before proceeding with the article. You will select the Raspberry Pi OS (32-bit) with desktop and recommended software on the download site. However, we highly recommend you go with the torrent file because the other files a times fail to complete downloading the whole ISO file.

Step 1: Creating a new VM in VMware workstation

The first step is selecting a New VMware workstation. After selecting a new VMware workstation,

select create new virtual machine

select create new virtual machine

a welcome wizard window will be displayed for you to select the type of installation. Here, you will select typical, which is the recommended version.

select typical

Step 2: Mounting the disc Image

In the next window, you will select the second option to select the ISO image file. After selecting the file, click Next.

selecting the iso file

selecting the ISO file

Step 3: Select a Guest Operating system

In this step, you will select Linux as the guest OS and Debian 10x as the version

select a guest operating syste,

select a guest operating system,

Step 4: Naming the VM

In this section, you will name your machine to your preference. In our case, “Boardbytes.”

naming the virtual machine

naming the virtual machine

Step 5: Disk capacity

Here, you will leave the disk capacity by default or increase depending on your needs on the machine.

disk capacity specification

disk capacity specification

 

Below the specification of disks is two options(“Store virtual disk as a single file and Split virtual disk into multiple files”). We recommend going with the first option since the second option will reduce performance with huge disks.

Step 6: Review and Finish

Here, you will click the finish button to restart the machine onto the next phase.

finish window

finish window

Once it auto-restarts or you power on the VM, an installer window will appear with many options.

select the graphical install

select the graphical install

Step 7: Select Graphical Install

In this section, select the Graphical install option that is the most user-friendly and allows you to use a mouse to select options.

Suppose you are wondering about the meaning of persistence in the Debian GNU -here is a quick dry run of the meanings.

Run with persistence- this means that the Raspberry Pi OS is run from the USB stick with a separate partition where data can be saved. You will not start from scratch each time you reboot your system.

Run and reset persistence wipes the persistence partition during the booting process, meaning you will have to start over.

Run without persistence would be great to boot and test Raspberry Pi OS on your hardware before installing.

Step 8: Keyboard configuration

In this section, you will configure the keyboard language of your choice; after that, click continue to start the installation wizard.

select british english

select British English

Step 9: Partition disks

Here, you will choose the guided partitioning for an entire disk; you will be asked which disk should be used; you will select “Guided- use the entire disk.”

select use the entire disk

select use the entire disk

Step 10: Partitioning scheme

In this window, select all files in one partition recommended for new users. Thereafter click Next.

select the first option

select the first option

Step 11: Finish partition

In the next window, select Finish partitioning and write changes to disk.

finish partition and write changes to disk

finish partition and write changes to disk

Step 12: Writing changes to disks

In this menu, select Yes to allow the writing of changes to the disks. Then, click “Continue” to proceed.

select yes in the write changes to disk

select yes in the write changes to disk

Step 12: Grub boot loader

Under the Grub boot loader to the master boot record, select yes. After that, select the /dev/sda, the second option, then click “Continue” to proceed

select the second option

select the second option

Below is the snapshot progress of  grub boot loader installing:

progress of grub boot loader

progress of grub boot loader

Step 13: System installation

once the grub boot loader has been installed, the installer wizard will install the base window to finalize the complete installation of Raspberry ISO.

installing the system

installing the system

Step 14: Finish window

At this point, we will be through with installing the ISO file; click continue to finalize the installation. After that, the VM will restart.

finished installation window

finished installation window

Step 15: Raspberry Pi OS in a VMware machine Initial setup

After the VM has restarted, you will see a Raspberry Pi Desktop with a welcome window wizard. Click “Next”

the welcome window

the welcome window

Step 16: Setting country, language, and time zone.

In this section, the settings will differ depending on your place’s country, language, and time zone. Click Next to proceed

set your location

set your Country, Language, and Timezone

Step 17: Password configuration

In this part, you will enter your preferred password for your machine. After that, click next to continue

setting password

setting password

Step 18: Software Update

The following window will be requesting you to update the software.

updating software option

updating software option

The update speed will also differ depending on the file you downloaded and your internet and machine speed. In our case, it took approximately 14 minutes.

updates progress

updates progress

Nonetheless, you can skip this section and update the OS later from the terminal using: “sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade” commands.

Note: Before updating the software, ensure that your VM is connected to the internet.

After the update is through, go ahead and restart the system.

The final window of Raspberry Pi.

final installation image

final window

Enjoy your VM machine.

Conclusion

To this far, the article has covered the introduction of Raspberry Pi before getting deep into all there is about installing a VMware workstation. The article broke down the procedure step-wise, making it easy for anyone to comprehend. We also stretched further to the article’s core part, installing the Raspberry Pi on our VMware workstation. This article has covered all the gaps in installing Raspberry Pi on VMware workstations on windows. Hopefully, you found this article helpful, and if you did, please share it with us in the comment section. For any inquiries or clarity, do not hesitate to ask. Thanks for reading.

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