Installing Linux Mint Version 20 in VMware Workstation Player

System Requirements

In order to create a Virtual Machine you need a computer that essentially has the capability of running the Windows OS and the Linux OS at the same time. I therefore would recommend running a Virtual Machine only on a PC that has at least an Intel i5-6xxx generation processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB Graphics Memory and a 500 GB SSD.

Download Links

To create a Linux Mint Virtual Machine you will need to download and install VMware Workstation Player and you will need to Download the Linux Mint 20 ISO.

Creating a New Virtual Machine and Setting up your Virtual Hardware

Select Player →File →New Virtual machine…

Select Installer Disc Image File (iso) and then Browse:

Select your Linux Mint 20 ISO and select Open:

Select Next:

Select Linux and Other Linux 5.x or Later Kernel 64-Bit:

Rename the Virtual Machine Name to Mint 64-bit and the location should automatically update also:

Select Next:

By default VMware Player will give you absolutely dreadful Virtual Hardware settings for your Virtual Machine resulting in impaired performance of the Virtual Machine. Change the Maximum Disc Size to 120 GB and then select Next:

Select Customize Hardware:

Change the memory to 4 GB:

The number of processors to 4:

The USB Compatibility to USB 3.1:

Accelerate 3D Graphics and change the Graphics Memory to 3 GB and then select Close:

Select Finish:

Installing Mint 20

Note if your mouse gets stuck within the VM. The following key combination [Ctrl] + [Alt] should release the mouse from the VM returning it to your Host PC:

Select the Play Button:

The VM will boot from the Linux Mint 20 ISO and automatically take you to the Linux Mint 20 Live Desktop:

Select Install Linux Mint:

Select your Language and then select Continue:

Select your Keyboard Layout and then select Continue:

Select Install Multimedia Codecs and then select Continue:

Select Erase Disk and Install Linux Mint and select Install Now:

Select Continue:

Select your Location on the Map (to get your correct TimeZone) and select Continue:

Input your full name and then input a username (the username has to be all lowerspace characters without spaces). Input a password and repeat it. Select Continue:

The install will proceed. Once finished you will be prompted to Restart. Select Restart Now:

In the next screen select Enter (there is no need to dismount the ISO, although you can do so if you wish):

Linux Mint 20 will now boot:

Input your password and login:

You can close the welcome screen:

To the bottom right select the Update Manager:

Select OK:

Select Apply the Update:

Input your Password and select Authenticate:

Select Install Updates:

Select OK:

Input your password and select Authenticate:

Close the Update Manager:

Go to the Start Menu and select the Power Button:

Select Restart:

Your VM will reboot:

Input your Passwrd to Log In:

Linux Mint 20 is installed. VMware tools are automatically installed with the Linux Mint OS and you should be able to automatically resize the Window of your VM within your Host PC.