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I currently do this. I use Windows XP and have VMware installed. I have about 5 distros I play around with. VMware is an incredible program! I can create a virtual network and cluster, AND, you can save state. If you mess up, just load up your state and you're back to normal.
Just install VMware, go to FILE -> New-> create new virtualization. It's pretty straight forward from there. It's a 1-2-3 wizard.
I've never installed VMWare on Windows, I ran Windows within a VMWare instance on Linux though. It was easy to install and manage. I have to believe the Windows version would be just as easy or easier.
Try following the VMWare instructions and get that going. Then see if there is anything you don't get or understand from there. I'm sure getting Linux going on it won't be a big deal. Try it out! Go for it!
I wouldn't have posted but *I think* (not sure though) you're going to be hard pressed to find anyone here installing Linux in a VMWare instance on Windows. There are many reasons for this including but not limited to:
- Linux is a faster (by a lot), more efficient operating system, so performance should be better with Linux doing the hosting.
- Security is *much better*, *no comparison better* on Linux. It is extremely difficult to properly secure a Windows system, and even then there are dangers that can't be mitigated.
- Most people who want to run Linux/Unix stuff in Windows are just using Cygwin. It works really quite well, it's free, and doesn't require VMWare.
When I ran a Windows XP instance in VMWare on Linux, I only used it to test the IE browser and use Outlook as I was on a corporate LAN. *Everything* else was done in Linux.
Good luck on this, just go for it and post back if you need some more help.
Distribution: Devuan, while feeble. Bedrock, when awesome.
i have just downloaded VMWare, and am going to try it out in XP, to do my next distro surfing, so i can find a stable, clean, robust, userwise, distro i'll like and stick with for a long time. then i'll stick VMWare in it and see if i can still use Photoshop in it. (sry, but the Gimp just isnt photoshop, lovely as it is)