How to Use USB VMWare Player Flash Drive

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How to Use USB VMWare Player Flash Drive
A small flash drive can hold a whole virtual machine using VMware. (ballyscanlon/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

VMware is a software company that specialises in virtual machines, which allow users to access a centrally controlled desktop environment from other computers. Many corporate IT departments use VMware software to keep their computer systems consistent while allowing employees to use their own physical machines. Using a VMware program called PocketAce, virtual machines can be saved on USB flash drives and used on almost any computer. To use a virtual machine file, you must first install VMware Player, which is conveniently included on all VMware flash drives.

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Things you need

  • VMware flash drive
  • x86 computer with USB port

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  1. 1

    Plug the VMware flash drive into the USB port of any x86 computer. All PCs and newer Intel-based Macs are x86 machines and will be able to use the flash drive. A dialogue box will pop up on the computer's screen.

  2. 2

    Enter your password. If this is the first time you have used the flash drive, you will need the initialisation password. Whoever provided you the drive should supply this. After you have entered that password once, you will be allowed to enter your own custom password for easier recall.

  3. 3

    Follow the instructions in the dialogue box. If this is the first time the flash drive has been connected to that computer, it will automatically install VMware Player. If the software is already there, you will be able to close the dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Click on "Start," "Applications" and "VMware Player" on a Windows machine or double-click on the VMware Player icon in a Mac's Applications folder.

  5. 5

    Click on "File" and "Open" in VMware player. Select the virtual machine file on the flash drive. It is recognisable by a .vmc or .vmx file extension.

  6. 6

    Click "OK." You will see the desktop of your virtual machine and be able to use it normally.

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