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In this tutorial i will show you how to install Backtrack 5 R3 which is recently  released by offensive security team . if you’ve previously installed backtrack then you might be familiar with backtrack installations  . its easy and simple just follow given simple steps.

Stage 1 

1 : Download backtrack ISO from here
2 :  Download VMware Workstation or  VMplayer
3 : Install any of above

Stage 2


1 : Create A new virtual machine

Installing backtrack 5 R3 in virtual machine step by step  [ how to ]

2 : choose installer ISO ( choose backtrack 5 ISO ) Installing backtrack 5 R3 in virtual machine step by step  [ how to ]

3 : choose Linux as your guest operating system type and Ubuntu as version

Installing backtrack 5 R3
4 : give a name and location of your backtrack VM
Installing backtrack 5 R3
5 : Specify virtual hard drive space ( 20 GB is good enough )
Installing backtrack 5 R3
then click finish from ready to create vm window
Installing backtrack 5 R3
hit enter to go boot screen then choose default boot text mode and hit enter
Installing backtrack 5 R3
Installing backtrack 5 R3
type startx to start GUI ( x server )
click on Install backtrack icon or open terminal type sh -c “ubiquity” 

Installing backtrack 5 R3

and continue like normal installation choose keyboard type and provide location info
if you are installing just backtrack then go normally and erase and use entire disk
or if you installing backtrack with other OS then specify partition accordingly ( in this tutorial m using virtual hard-drive )

Installing backtrack 5 R3

click on forward and click on install

Installing backtrack 5 R3

wait until it finish installing

it will take up-to 30 minutes depend on your system

Installing backtrack 5 R3

Stage 3
Network Configuration
virtualbox guest audition installation
vmware tools installation
backup and recovery
All this covered in next tutorial >>>>

discuss problem on forum 

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  • Rajesh Ghote

    he help it can not take load more than 1.0 aisa aa rha he :/

    • Alok

      samjh nahi aa raha
      kya bol rahe ho


    bro these time having different problem, after normal surfing backtrack function, next day when i stared backtrack
    it ask login id i wrote “root” but after that when i type password “toor” but kuch bhi type nai horai. not even any character, if i type enter it shows login incorrect. what should i do know?

    • Alok

      password field is invisible buddy jab type hoga to dikhega nahi


    i have problem after instaling . after last step that option comes “contion testing” or “restart now”.
    i click on restart now then while restaring on black screen it ask “bt login” and “password” i dont know anything, i even not added any id and password. what should i do to now?

    • Alok Yadav

      id : root
      passaword : toor


        its work thank you alok

  • Ashish jaiswal

    i have installed backtrack in vmware player in ubuntu 13.04….i just want to start learning hacking and all….is there any advice about how to learn backtrack along with hacking for beginner….thanx in advance

    • Alok Yadav
    • Alok Yadav

      see the supported hardware list on official site

  • Abhishek Kathpal

    My problem is

    PXE-E53: No boot filename received

    PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM

    operating System not found….

  • Jitu

    I have a problem
    when I insert the live cd then I hit enter then five option are come then I chose first option and
    then backtrack 5 image will be appear and nothing will be happen
    startx command screen will appear but it not takes any command
    How can I solve this problem ?
    Please help me.

    • Alok Yadav

      see how to fix black screen another post in blog

      • Pramod Lamsal

        help me with how to fix black screen?it just shows that backtack is running but how to solve the black screen problem Mr. Alok?

        • Alok Yadav
          • Pramod Lamsal

            is it true that hp envy m4 notebook with ralink RT5390 and even intel centrino-n 2230 wireless adapter doesn’t support wifi hacking with backtrack?

          • Alok Yadav

            see the supported hardware list on official site of backtrack

  • habibi

    Dear i have one question can someone help me pls
    in my backtrack 5 r3 armitage is giving error RPC

    • Alok Yadav

      make sure msfrpc service is running and make sure you are using correct username and password

  • mirnawazbugti

    MY problm

    “This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU”

    • Alok Yadav

      download 32 bit version

  • Lalit Kumar

    Hello Alok

    I’m using Oracle Virtual machine and everything is ok but dont have enough space to install bactrack in C:\ /. Could you tell me How to change my installation path from C:\ to D:\ drive.

    Thank You
    Lalit Kumar

    • Alok Yadav

      simply at the time of creation choose VHD location to d drive or simply copy all your vm files to D: disk
      all Oracle virtual machines are located under users home folder

  • meesom

    How much size of USB i use to install backtrak 5re

    • Alok Yadav

      8 GB is enough for live cd and 16 GB is recommended

  • Lucifier

    I downloaded bt5r3 gnome version ,
    And when i try to install it with vmware , i cant find ( .ISO ) file :/ .

    • Helper

      You most likely downloaded the .vmware image instead of .ISO this means you will have to go back to the website and re-download it, don’t worry, we all make mistakes.

      • Alok Yadav

        thanks helper

  • rakesh

    plz help…i cant install vm tools,it says sm shared folder error.

    • Alok Yadav

      come to forum .. and post question as guest with screenshot and logs if you can

  • Khairi

    Hey friend , For what kali linux??

    • Alok Yadav

      its updated version with newer tools and tons of new things

  • Syarz

    (hit enter to go boot screen then
    choose default boot text mode
    and hit enter) this is where i stucked and dont know what to do?somebody help me,i tried it many times hiting enter and all the letter from my keyboard but i got the same boot screen,it doesnt took me to the installation menu….

    • Alok Yadav

      which proccessor ?

  • Ugyen

    i am stuck at stage 5 CLI mode..It says could not find kernel image : linux..

    • Alok Yadav

      paste logs and screenshots at forum

  • Awais

    HI friend!
    I have installed backtrack 5 r3 (KDE-64 bit) on VMware 8 (32 bit).
    But it have a problem. It does’nt connect to the network and it always show “no wireless connection found”. While my laptop is always connected.
    What do i do?

    • Alok Yadav

      ask your question in forum

  • Syahir Saad

    ok. but im still got slow movement during open mozilla and when scroll its slow too same with other apps.. is it normal or what?

    • Alok Yadav

      set virtual machine ram to 2GB and more

  • Syahir Saad

    hi, i have question, if we install backtrack using vmware . I need to install any graphic driver or not? i have already install vmware tools too.

    • Alok Yadav

      if you installed vmware tools successfully then you don’t have to install any graphics driver n all

  • hassan


    • Alok Yadav

      download 32 bit
      enable vt-virtualization from bios

  • fr3akz’z

    I downloaded bt5r3 gnome version ,
    And when i try to install it with vmware , i cant find ( .ISO ) file :/ .
    anyone can help >?

    • Alok Yadav

      download kali linux
      its a updated version of backtrack

  • Mac Jaffa

    Hello….Mr Yadav!
    i used to install ubuntu like other Os but not alongside Windows 7 like an application….
    So tell me which way is the best(i mean easy not too complicated)….if backtrack 5 installed like Windows 7 by creating partition in hdd?
    if backtrack installed in virtual machine?
    please help me…
    Many thanks.

    • Rohit Bankia

      our pleasure to help you Mr.Mac
      see if you are well acquainted with the linux environment be it any distro then you may go either way and both ways are easy if you dont find it easy we will make it for you but we will suggest you to go for virtual machine where you can perform many tests on your backtrack linux without harming your computer whereas a dedicated install will have more resources to harm on your computer

      waiting to hear from you again….Thank You

      • Mac Jaffa

        you are right about it, i would rather install BT5 on VM…
        is it rite if i install backtrack 5 r3 first then windows 7
        on two HDD partitions…
        i know nothing on linux,
        i dont know how to install usb wireless adapter driver on linux and i dont know how to configure rtl8192 on my laptop..
        could please help me

  • Jazz

    Hi Alok how are you? Great tutorial.

    I am getting the same problem as Shelina (3rd April):

    I chose the default boot text mode but BackTrack keeps hanging with a black “loading” screen page and nothing else…

    Can you help with this or any ideas?

    Many thanks!

    • Alok Yadav

      Hi , Jazz
      sorry for late reply
      i can get more info about your error
      please provide some screenshot or log
      so i can help better
      for posting images and screenshots please join in forum

      • Jazz

        Hi Alok,

        Actually there isnt anything to screen grab. Basically I open Backtrack in VMware (on Mac), the first line comes up:

        ISOLINUX 3.63 Debian-2008-07-15 Copyright…. Boot :

        I press Enter

        Then the load screen for Backtrack comes up. I select the first option “Backtrack Text – Default Boot Text Mode”

        and the screen then goes to black with a single word “Loading _”

        And it just sits there. I cannot do anything its as if its frozen.

        Any ideas??

        • Alok Yadav

          Download newer version of backtrack named kali Linux
          And use latest fusion …
          If you don’t want yo upgrade try to change CPU setting in VMware fusion

          • magrtl

            i am having the same problem an eternal loading screan

  • imran khan

    when i install my back track 5 r3.then restart .but when back track run then want …log in: and password :
    i dont understand …..what my log in name and password.because i am not set any id in my backtrack.plz help me..quickly

    • Alok Yadav

      username = root
      password = toor

  • kepala

    nice tutorial. do you have non-virtual install tutorial? dualboot?

    • Alok Yadav

      not yet
      official site have an awesome documentation

  • Tyler Durden

    do you have to have Linux as an operating system. I am using windows and I keep getting an error message.

    • Alok Yadav

      what kind of error

  • Akshay

    i have installed a backtrack 5r3 via virtual machine upto last 4th pic that shows installation icon of bcktrck and want to use along with window which’s my primary os i have parition of hdd in running os…plz suggest what things i need to do and and even want a boot cd to create for it. plz discribe briefly.

    • Alok Yadav

      dual boot installation is simple .. in the installation process at the point of choosing hdd select that free partition and click continue

      1 : after install grub bootloader will show your windows os along with newly installed backtrack

      2 : if it don’t show your windows os then simple insert windows dvd and repair it it will rewrite MBR with windows bootloader

      and you can use EasyBCD to add backtrack entry in windows bootloader

  • arun

    i am getting an error could not find kernel image: linux

    • Alok Yadav

      /boot/syslinux or /syslinux directory
      if you find any of them , rename it isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg
      If syslinux.cfg file does exist and your still encountering the error, open that syslinux.cfg file with text editor and make sure that the paths to your kernel and initrd files are correct.

  • Shelina


    I chose the default boot text mode but BackTrack keeps hanging with a black “loading” screen page and nothing else. Any ideas?


  • TheMasterPiece
    • Alok Yadav

      see your x.conf file
      or try this
      sudo Xorg -configure

      • TheMasterPiece

        Didn’t get you bro :/ can you please xplain me in brief :/
        I’m new user of backtrack :(

        • Alok

          backtrack 5 r3 is based on ubuntu 12.04 LTS
          search on net about xorg config

          or better is learn basic unix things explore ubuntu or linux mint first then come back to backtrack

          all the best :)

          • TheMasterPiece

            hey Bro ! recently I fixed xconf in BT5 *
            using these commands ///

            rm /root/.kde/cache-root/icon-cache.kcache
            rm /root/.kde/cache-root/plasma_theme_Volatile.kcache
            rm /root/.kde/cache-bt/icon-cache.kcache
            rm /root/.kde/cache-bt/plasma_theme_Volatile.kcache

            can u tell me how to start the n/w (Broadband) connection in BT5 ? :D

            thanks in Advance :))

          • Alok Yadav

            connect cable Then open . Internet > Wicd Network manager
            then configure your network

          • TheMasterPiece

            Bro i’m getting fed up with this ,, my vm not detected any net card or Lan card while there is a Atheros AR8162/8166/8168 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20) :(

            dere is a 1 more issue when i’am trying to run live cd of BT5 via USB or DVD nothing comes up after type “startx” nd Showing A BLACK SCREEN :/

            Please Help me Out Brother :(

          • Alok Yadav

            see compatible hardware list on official site
            there is another tutorial on blackscreen fix see that :)

  • Janavar

    When ı was installing for 64 bit “This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU. Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU” but I look my cpu’s does support 64-bit ? How can I do this

  • Ariful Islam

    This is best helpfully site . I am happy . Thanks for Admin

  • DC

    Hi Alok,

    I believe you stage 3 link is not working.

    Nice tut

  • vish

    I am continuously getting error.not able to install on vmware.

    • Alok Yadav

      hello vish
      Post detailed screenshot and log info in forum
      so we can help you better


  • JerMand

    thank’s for the tips…. =D

  • telv1n

    pretend i didn't just say that…. because the real problem is that you need to enable Intel Virtualization on your PC to use a VM. This is done in the BIOS. Enable this and you should be in good shape.

  • telv1n

    You probably need to try with a 32-bit version of backtrack then. It looks like your cpu doesn't support 64-bit OS.

  • abhishek

    i got one more error "this kernel requires a x86 or 64 cpu but detect only i686 cpu please use the appropriate kernel for your cpu

  • abhishek

    i got a error report after playing the virtual machine… "this kernel not suported the x86-64"

  • goodkid

    followed all this steps and installed it successfully. now theres a problem i think will cause problems in the future. when i installed linux i gave i such little space, now when i installed bt5 i gave it like 5gb

  • Yuva

    Thanks, it Helped