In the world of virtualization, VMWare Player has been a popular choice for many users. However, starting from version 4, VMWare dropped support for 32-bit CPUs. This can be a hurdle if you’re running a 32-bit 13.10 system without 64-bit virtualization. But don’t worry, there’s a workaround. This guide will walk you through the process of installing VMWare Player 3, a version that still supports 32-bit CPUs.
Before we start, ensure that your system meets the following requirements:
- A 32-bit 13.10 system
- At least 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
- At least 1 GB of free disk space
- Administrative access
Download VMWare Player 3
The first step is to download VMWare Player 3 from the official VMWare website. Unfortunately, VMWare no longer hosts older versions on their site, but you can find them on various software archive websites. Be sure to download from a trusted source to avoid any security risks.
Once you have the VMWare Player 3 package, follow these steps to install it:
- Open a terminal window. You can do this by pressing
- Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the VMWare Player package using the
cdcommand. For example, if you downloaded the package to your Downloads folder, you would type
- Make the VMWare Player package executable by running the following command:
chmod +x VMware-Player-3.0.0-<build_number>.i386.bundle. Replace
<build_number>with the actual build number of the package you downloaded.
- Run the VMWare Player installer by typing
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation.
After installing VMWare Player 3, you should be able to launch it from your applications menu. If you encounter any issues, you may need to reboot your system.
Alternatives to VMWare Player
If VMWare Player 3 does not meet your needs or if you encounter any issues, consider using alternative virtualization software such as VirtualBox. VirtualBox supports 32-bit CPUs and is regularly updated with new features and security patches.
While VMWare Player no longer supports 32-bit CPUs, you can still use older versions such as VMWare Player 3 on a 32-bit 13.10 system. However, keep in mind that older versions may lack some features and security updates. If you need more advanced features or encounter any issues with VMWare Player 3, consider using alternative virtualization software such as VirtualBox.
No, VMWare Player 3 is only compatible with 32-bit systems. If you have a 64-bit system, you will need to use a different version of VMWare Player or alternative virtualization software.
It is not recommended to upgrade from VMWare Player 3 to a newer version on a 32-bit 13.10 system. The newer versions of VMWare Player do not support 32-bit CPUs. If you need to upgrade, consider using alternative virtualization software such as VirtualBox.
No, VMWare Player 3 only supports 32-bit virtual machines. If you need to run 64-bit virtual machines, you will need to use a newer version of VMWare Player or alternative virtualization software.
While this guide specifically covers installing VMWare Player 3 on a 32-bit 13.10 system, the process may be similar for other versions of Ubuntu. However, it is recommended to use the latest version of VMWare Player that is compatible with your system for the best compatibility and security updates.
It is generally safe to download older versions of VMWare Player from trusted software archive websites. However, always ensure that you download from a reputable source to avoid any security risks.