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Old 03-26-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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How to open Linux file/software in Windows 8?


Hi,

Could anyone please explain as understandable as possible how could I on my Windows 8 open either single file or install (and use) entire software which is supposted to work on Linux and/or Ubuntu? I have absolutelly NO experience with Linux and have never used it. Honestly, I don't know if there is any difference between Linux and Ubuntu. I want to be inside my Windows 8 while using Linux files/sofware. The only solution I could think of are actually two but neither of them is useful for me:

1. Vmware (i don't know how to use it)
2. Rent remote computer (vps/rdp) with linux OS installed (this would let me be in Windows 8 while being able to use Linux file/software [on remote computer] but sooner or later I would want to have Windows installed there too)

Tried program Linux Reader but didn't work on my Windows 8. Although I would need solution for installation/usage of software (that can be used only on linux/ubuntu), regardless of details***, the current problem is basically related to single files only: I have two files, both in IMG extension. Don't know how to open them because Deamon Tools doesn't handle IMG. The problem is that filesystem in one of them is "Linux" and filesystem in another is "142". The error I am getting when I try to open them is:

"File with harddrive/disc snapshot is corrupted."

But this is most likely because they are supposted to be used in linux environment, hence such question.

*** when i said "details" I was referring to basically anything: type of software, size, purpose, whether or not it needs network connection, whether or not it contains logging in (username password, etc) requirement, etc.

The following solution for current situation (quoted error above) works only partially:

http://www.sysprobs.com/simple-tip-h...thout-software

I am able to open/run/mount IMG if I do what is described on this link (im basically opening iso in this case - see the website) but when opening the virtual drive, the following error message proves that the file can be used in linux/ubuntu only:

"Windows cannot access that drive. Drive could be corrupted. Make sure the drive is in condition that can be recognized by Windows. If drive isn't formatted then format it before usage."

Would need detailed instructions, for total beginner, who has never used linux/ubuntu, what to do in such case: how to use in win8 files/software that are supposted to be used in linux/ubuntu. Also answer on how to open IMG would be highly appreciated.

Kindest regards and thank you a million in advance.
 
Old 03-26-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ.

A number of questions here.


You have many choices. To start you can get a free account at SuseStudio and play to your hearts content on a web based linux virtual computer.

You can easily install a free virtual machine like virtualbox, vmware's products or Qemu and such. It is a great way to use and learn on and safe for your system.

There are two other dual ways that I am not sure would work. One is Co-Linux and the other is MKStoolkit.

At one time MS tried to offer services for unix to run Posix apps.

Not dual ways below.

You can make a live cd/dvd and boot to it.

You can make a live usb flash or usb hard drive and use it (with some tricks to get past secure boot).

I guess you could buy a cheapo computer too.

I'd look at a vm or live myself.

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Old 03-26-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
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File with harddrive/disc snapshot is corrupted."
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Windows cannot access that drive. Drive could be corrupted
The messages you quote in your post simply mean that windows does not recognize the filesystem. A default windows installation will not recognize a Linux filesystem, you will not be able to read it from windows nor will you be able to write to it from windows unless you use some third party software mentioned above. This is a simple business decision by microsoft and there is no one at these forums or in the Linux community who can do anything to change that. Well, maybe whine and complain to microsoft like that would help.

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Old 03-27-2015, 06:28 PM   #4
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Thank you for replies to both of you.

I installed VMWare Player and added ISO file inside. Obviously I was doing this in Windows 8.1. Within VMWare Player I chose guest OS as Linux because the file is supposted to work on Linux. See below ''Getting Started'' here:

openach DOT com/content/introducing-openach-appliance

But the problem is the following error I am getting inside VMWare Player's console when I run the image (iso):

Client MAC Addr: <mac here> GUID: <guid here>
PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Operating System not found

Kindly Note: I have never used Linux (ubuntu) and never used VMWare Player so it is very possible I am missing something extremly obvious.
 
Old 03-27-2015, 09:31 PM   #5
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I've never used vmware but you might get some ideas by doing an online search and reading some tutorials on it such as the links below:

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-VMware-Workstation

https://www.vmware.com/support/ws5/d...ple_steps.html

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Old 03-28-2015, 03:21 PM   #6
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tried but doesn't help.
 
Old 03-28-2015, 03:43 PM   #7
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Which ISO file did you insert into the virtual drive? The one from your program, or one of a Linux distribution you want to install?
 
Old 03-28-2015, 06:29 PM   #8
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PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Operating System not found


Means you didn't attach the iso image to the machine. (in some cases set cd (iso) to boot first.
 
Old 03-28-2015, 07:27 PM   #9
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TobiSGD: In vmware player in "create a new virtual machine" I inserted the one from my program. I have never installed guest os (linux) in vmware player because I don't know the METHOD (procedure) I should use to get the answer on this question: Which Version of Linux guest OS do I have to use and pick from Version dropdown menu, so I can use the particular ISO file within vmware player? The content on link I posted in post #4 is indicating the answer: "Ubuntu 12.04 LTS" but the problem is there is no such entry in Version dropdown menu. I repeat again I don't know which version of Linux guest os should I use.

jefro: not sure which iso you meant and I am using vmware player, not BIOS of my windows 8.1. In this bios are the order of booting devices but as I said, while looking at windows 8.1 desktop, I am using vmware player so I believe this has nothing to do with order of booting as there is, I believe, no booting involved. But today is the first time for me running vmware player and I have NEVER ever in my life touched Linux so... It is very possible I am missing something extemly logical and obvious.
 
Old 03-28-2015, 07:58 PM   #10
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To use linux with vmware you will need to download an iso file from one of the many linux distributions. For ease of use most prefer linuxmint based on ubuntu linux. For ease of use my favorite is Xubuntu, however there are many others. Some linux distros are easier to use than others, but as far as which one is the best or easiest to use is all a matter of preference. distrowatch.com a good place to go to find out about the many types of linux distros. distrowatch.com also has a search function, and links to the downloads of iso files for the various distros

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:05 PM   #11
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VMWare does not run Linux programs. VMWare is designed to host an entire virtual machine with its own operating system and file system. You can think of VMWare as the software that allows you to run an entire computer inside your computer. If you want to run a Linux program, you would need to first install a Linux operating system inside VMWare, and then install the Linux program inside that operating system.
 
Old 03-29-2015, 05:48 AM   #12
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colorpurple: There is no such thing as "Xubuntu" in vmware player. Its Not about which version is best or easiest to use but it depends on which linux's (guest os) version do those files I have require. Therefore I am asking all the time how to find out which version do they require? Using just most common version won't help.

suicidaleggroll: Thats exactly what I thought. Since I didn't install linux guest os, within vmware player, obviously I am getting the error message as I typed in post number 4. But due to repeated reason for like 10 times, I cannot install it.
 
Old 03-29-2015, 08:58 AM   #13
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You have to download a linux iso file first. It doesn't really matter which version you use, most will work ,including Xubuntu even through it isn't on the list. If you want to use ubuntu, go to ubuntu.com/download/desktop to download an ubuntu iso. Then in vmware go to settings cd drive and select use iso and browse to where the location of the iso that you download from ubuntu.com/download/desktop

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Old 03-29-2015, 09:46 AM   #14
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If you're going down the Ubuntu route, I'd suggest getting one of the lighter versions, like Xbuntu or Lubuntu, so that you aren't taking as many resources from your host operating system. I've never used it, but I've heard that Unity (the desktop environment for "normal" Ubuntu) is resource-heavy, which usually doesn't do well in a VM.
 
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Since your main problem for now seems to be how to install Ubuntu in VMware Player, here is a tutorial for that: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/11287...vmware-player/
It is a bit older, but should still aply to your situation.
 
  


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