Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon Setup on VMware Workstation

This guide will show you the Installation Setup of the Latest Linux Mint 21 which is 21.2 Victoria Cinnamon Edition on VMware workstation. Linux Mint is one of the most popular and easy-to-use operating systems that you can use. Linux Mint 21.2 is the LTS version that will supported until 2027. It comes with a lot of new features and improvements. Now you can proceed to the following steps to start your Linux Mint installation on VMware.

Steps To Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon Setup on VMware Workstation

Before starting your installation, you must visit the official website and download the latest Linux Mint cinnamon edition Iso Image. When you are done, proceed to the following steps to complete this guide.

Step 1 – Create a New Virtual Machine (Linux Mint 21.2) on VMware

First, you must open your VMware workstation and click on Create a new virtual machine.

Create a new Virtual machine Linux Mint 21

Step 2 – Start Linux Mint 21.2 Setup on VMware Workstation

At this point, click on the Custom (advanced) option and click Next.

Select Custom setup for Linux Mint 21

Next, you need to choose the virtual machine hardware compatibility. You can keep it by default and click Next.

choose the virtual machine hardware compatibility for Linux Mint

Then, you need to choose the operating system to install. Here you can click on I will install the operating system later and click Next.

install the Linux mint later in VMware workstation

At this point, choose the operating system you want to install and its version. For this purpose, you can choose Linux and Other Linux 5.x and later kernel 64-bit and click Next.

Select the Guest OS in VMware workstation

Give a name to your Virtual Machine, select your desired directory that has enough space, and click Next.

Give a name to your Linux Mint 21 VM

Now you must define your processor numbers for Linux Mint 21 in the VMware workstation and click Next.

define your processor numbers for Linux Mint 21

Next, you must choose the memory for your VM. You can keep the default value and click Next.

choose the memory for Linux Mint 21

Then, choose the network address translation (NAT) and click Next.

network address translation (NAT) for Linux Mint 21

Select the I/O controller type which is recommended and click Next.

Select recommended I/O controller type for Linux Mint 21

Also, select the disk type which is recommended by default and click Next.

select the recommended disk type

Now you can create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Create a new virtual disk

At this point, you can select the store virtual disk as a single file and click Next. Remember to give your hard disk enough space for the installation of Linux Mint 21. It is better to have 20GB and above.

Define Disk capacity for Linux Mint 21

Then, choose the path you want to store this file and click Next.

Select the disk file path for Linux mint 21

Here you can read the summary of your configuration and click Finish.

summary of Linux Mint 21 configuration in VMware workstation

Now from your Linux Mint 21 VMware workstation click on CD/DVD (IDE).

Select CD/DVD from Linux Mint VMware

Use the ISO Image file, add your downloaded image, and click OK.

add Linux Mint 21 Iso image to VMware

Finally, click on Power On the Virtual Machine.

Power on Linux Mint 21 VMware

Note: If you Power On your Virtual machine, and you face this error:

This host Supports Intel VT-x, but Intel VT-x is disabled

You can resolve this issue by visiting Fix VMware Workstation Error Intel VT-x is disabled.

Step 3 – Install Linux Mint 21.2 Victoria

Once you start your virtual machine, you can choose Start Linux Mint 21.2 Cinnamon 64-bit and press enter.

Start Linux Mint 21.2 Cinnamon 64-bit

Finally, you have your Live Linux Mint 21 on the VMware workstation and you can start using it. But if you prefer to install it, you should click on Install Linux Mint.

Install Linux Mint on VMware

From there, choose your desired language and click Continue.

Choose Linux Mint 21 language

Then, choose your keyboard layout and click Continue.

Choose keyboard layout for Linux Mint 21

At this point, you need to check the box next to install multimedia codecs and click Continue.

install multimedia codecs for Linux Mint

Now you need to select the erase disk and install Linux Mint and click Install Now.

erase disk and install Linux Mint

You will asked to write the changes to disks, click Continue.

write the changes to disks for Linux mint 21

Then, select your location and click Continue.

select location for Linux mint installation

Now define your username and computer name for Linux Mint cinnamon, choose a strong password, and click Continue.

Computer name for Linux Mint 21

At this point, you must wait until your Linux Mint installation is completed.

Complete Linux Mint 21 installation in VMware

When your installation is completed, restart your Linux Mint cinnamon.

Restart Linux Mint 21

Now you will see your user login screen. Enter the password you have defined for it and press enter.

Linux Mint 21 login screen on Vmware

Finally, you have your Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon desktop and you can start using it.

Linux mint 21 cinnamon desktop

That’s it, you are done.


At this point, you have learned Linux Mint 21 Cinnamon Setup Installation on VMware Workstation. You can easily create a new virtual machine, add your Linux Mint Iso image to your VM, start your installation steps, and access the Linux Mint 21.2 cinnamon desktop.

Hope you enjoy using it. Also, you may like to read the following guides:

Steps To Install Fedora Linux 39 on VMware Workstation

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