How to install Kali Linux on Windows ? (For beginners)

make kali work linux under windows with vmware
make kali work linux under windows with vmware

Dernière mise à jour: 17 mai 2024

As you know, from time to time I share Ethical Hacking tutorials with you. In these tutorials I often work with the distribution Time Linux successor to Backtrack.

However, I have found that many of my readers do not yet know how to install kali Linux on their machine while leaving Windows intact.

Today I decided to write a tutorial on how to install Kali Linux on your machine Windows using the VirtualBox or VMWare program.

How do you already know, Kali Linux is the best operating system for penetration testing. Kali's goal Linux is to provide a distribution bringing together all the tools necessary for security testing of an information system.

And VirtualBox and Vmware player are programs that use virtualization. It is a technique which allows the creation of one or more virtual machines within the same operating system (generally Windows).

It is possible to run several virtual machines at the same time, the limit corresponding to the performance of the host computer.

Install Kali Linux under Windows 10 et Windows 7 with VirtualBox

In this video I will show you how to install Kali Linux with Virtualbox under Windows: step by step. This is a detailed guide on installing Kali Linux on VirtualBox.


Create a Kali virtual machine Linux on Windows with Vmware

Here we will see how install Kali Linux on your system Windows with VMWare software.

Step 1:

Start by download vmware. VMWare player is free but not free, you will still need to register to generate an activation key which will be requested during installation.

Then download kali ISO file linux. The file occupies more than 3 GB. We save the file which can be reused in a special directory called “Disk Image” for example.

Once downloaded Vmware, launch the installation by double clicking on the executable. Continue the steps by clicking Next Next, Finish. Vmware Player is now installed on your computer. Open Vmware and click “Create New Virtual Machine”.

Step 2:

Select “Install disc image file (iso)”, then select the kali ISO file linux that you downloaded. Click “Next”.

Step 3:

In this step, select the type of operating system to install and then enter the name of the virtual machine. In my case, I will name it “ Funinformatique Time Linux ". Also choose the location, I recommend that you create a folder called “Virtual machines” in my Documents. Then click Next.

Step 4:
Afterwards you must select the maximum size of the storage space that you wish to use for kali linux. I recommend using 30 GB. After change the next option to “Store virtual disk as a single file” and click Next.

Step 5:

In the next window, we must configure the virtual hardware that we will use in Kali linux. So click on the “Customize Hardware” button.


Select “Memory”, and choose the size of memory you want to give to the kali system linux. For me, as I have 4 GB in my computer, I will choose 2 GB's (2048 Mb's).
Then click on Network Adapter. In this part, we are going to tell Vmware to use our computer's wifi card.
To do this, select the option Bridged and click the “Configure Adapters” button.
In the new window, deselect everything except your WIFI network card and click OK. You can now click Close at the bottom of the hardware window and click Finish.

Step 6:

Congratulations ! The new virtual machine file is now properly configured and is added to the VM library.

Now all you have to do is start your virtual machine! To do this, click on the name of the newly created virtual machine, then click on Play virtual machine.

After starting your virtual machine, you will have two options: either launch the system linux live, or install it on the hard disk of the virtual machine.

Live mode has the particularity of being able to launch a system Linux without installation on the hard drive. The Advantage live mode is that it allows you to test the system before installing it.

Its disadvantage, is that it is generally not possible to directly save the modifications made during the session. That is to say, once you shut down the system, all documents created and software that you have installed will be lost.

So it is better toinstall on your virtual machine.

How to install kali linux under VMWARE?

Step 1:

In Kali's boot menu Linux, choose the “Graphic install” option and click Enter. In the next window, you will be asked to choose the system language.

Step 2:

Then choose your geographic location. Afterwards you must choose the language of your keyboard. Click on next, wait a few seconds, while kali linux detects your computer's hardware. Then you would have a window asking you to enter the name of your machine. Enter the name that suits you best/

Step 3:

Time Linux will now ask you to enter a password for the root user. Make sure you can easily remember this password, if you forget it you will need to reinstall Kali Linux. Click continue after you have entered and re-entered the password of your choice.

Step 4:
Here, select the option “Assisted – use an entire disk” and click continue. Another window will ask you to confirm your choice. Click continue.

Step 5:

Then select the first option “All in one partition”. Click continue. Another window will ask you to confirm your choice. Click continue again.

Step 6:

Last question! Confirm that you really want to make these changes by selecting the Yes option and clicking Continue.

Installing Kali linux will now begin. On average, installation takes 30 min.

After a few minutes, the installer will ask you if you want to install the GRUB bootloader. Click Yes and continue. Finally select dev/sda and click continue.

 After restarting, enter the login (root) and password.

Here you are with Kali in a virtual machine, ready to test your networks.