How to Run Multiple Operating Systems on Your PC with VMwarePlayerPortable
If you want to run multiple operating systems on your Windows or Linux PC, you might be interested in VMwarePlayerPortable, a free and easy-to-use virtualization tool that lets you create and run virtual machines on your PC. VMwarePlayerPortable is based on VMware Workstation Player, a platform for running a single virtual machine on a PC[^1^]. VMwarePlayerPortable has the advantage of being portable, which means you can run it from a USB drive or an external hard drive without installing it on your PC.
In this article, we will show you how to download, install and use VMwarePlayerPortable to run multiple operating systems on your PC. We will also explain some of the benefits and use cases of VMwarePlayerPortable for education and business purposes.
How to Download and Install VMwarePlayerPortable
To download VMwarePlayerPortable, you need to visit the official website of VMware Workstation Player[^2^] and choose the version that matches your operating system (Windows or Linux). You will need to create a free account or log in with your existing account to access the download link. Once you have downloaded the file, you need to extract it to a folder on your USB drive or external hard drive. You can use any file compression tool like WinRAR or 7-Zip to do this.
To install VMwarePlayerPortable, you just need to run the executable file (vmplayer.exe for Windows or vmplayer for Linux) from the folder where you extracted it. You will see a welcome screen that asks you to accept the license agreement and enter a license key. You can skip the license key if you are using VMwarePlayerPortable for non-commercial, personal or home use. You will also need to enter your name and email address to register your product.
After completing the installation process, you will see the main interface of VMwarePlayerPortable, where you can create and run virtual machines.
How to Create and Run Virtual Machines with VMwarePlayerPortable
To create a virtual machine with VMwarePlayerPortable, you need to click on the \"Create a New Virtual Machine\" button on the main interface. You will see a wizard that guides you through the steps of creating a virtual machine. You can choose to install an operating system from a disc image file (ISO), a physical disc (CD/DVD), or an existing virtual machine file (VMX). You can also choose to create a virtual machine without an operating system and install it later.
You will need to specify some settings for your virtual machine, such as the name, location, memory size, disk size, network type, etc. You can also customize these settings later by editing the virtual machine settings. Once you have created your virtual machine, you can start it by clicking on the \"Play\" button. You will see a window that shows the virtual machine screen, where you can install and run your operating system and applications.
To run multiple virtual machines with VMwarePlayerPortable, you just need to create more virtual machines following the same steps. You can switch between different virtual machines by clicking on their tabs on the main interface. You can also pause, resume, suspend, power off, or delete your virtual machines as needed.
Benefits and Use Cases of VMwarePlayerPortable
VMwarePlayerPortable has many benefits and use cases for different scenarios. Here are some of them:
Education: VMwarePlayerPortable is a great tool for learning and training purposes. Students can use it to explore different operating systems and software delivery methods in a safe and isolated environment. Teachers can use it to distribute repeatable lab environments for classroom activities without the need for an internal cloud[^1^].
Business: VMwarePlayerPortable is a convenient solution for delivering managed corporate desktops to user-owned devices. Users can access their corporate desktops from any Windows or Linux PC with a USB drive or an external hard drive that contains VMwarePlayerPortable and their virtual machines. IT admins can centrally manage and enforce security policies for these virtual machines using services like VMware Workspace ONE[^1^].
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