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Installing Backtrack in vmware 
Prerequisites :  
1 : Vmware workstation or Vmplayer

2 : Bakctrack ISO

Installation Steps 
Step 1:

step 2 :

step 3:
Step 4:

Step 5:

step 6 :

Type “Startx” to get gui

Step 7 :
this will start installer
Step 7:
Then click forward and follow instruction 

then simply install like another ubuntu . after installation restart and see

VMware Tools In Backtrack 

alright ,   here is the installation video
full screenshots are here
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  • clark

    I also wanted to install BT 5 but on startup (before setting up) it always asked for boot image in a command prompt
    and for just hitting enter it said could not find kernel image :linux
    Plz help

  • renoyzac

    is it cause of display drivers…????

    m using vaio sve15136cnw..
    amd radeon hd 7650m

  • renoyzac

    i’ve bt5 r3 on vmware workstation 9….. but after login when i type ‘startx’ the gui wont start…instead my laptop restarts… how do i solve this issue,,,??? pls advice

    • alok_yadav_2

      Laptop restarts ?? or virtual machine restarts

      • renoyzac

        the actual laptop restarts…

        • renoyzac

          i’ve tied to edit the grub file by ‘gedit /etc/default/grub’ but i get an error saying

          gtk warning **: cannot open display:

          • renoyzac

            hey alok… any solution to my problem…??

          • Alok Yadav

            # startx
            or try
            export DISPLAY=:0

  • harpreet singh

    can we surf internet in backtrack using in vmware workstation ?? if yes then how ?

  • Bhajan saini

    how to connect phiscal computer to back strack installed on vmachine…….
    and how to transfer file to one another

    • Alok Yadav

      if you have installed vmware tools in backtrack then u can simply drag and drop ion virtual machine
      or mount shared folder

      mount -t vmhgfs .host:/ /home/user1/shares

      [ Mounts all shares to /home/user1/shares ]

      or you can use USB drive to transfer just copy your files in USB drive and connect it to vm

  • venki

    Can u provide how activate wired internet connection and wire less internet connection on backtrack5

    • Alok Yadav

      use wicd tool
      or configure using

  • Prince

    Pls.. Help it says this kernel requires an x86- x64 cpu but only detected an i686 CPU
    unable to boot pls use a kernel appropriate for your cpu
    i have asus x54c laptop dual core 2 gb ram

    • Mark

      I didn’t have any problem installing the x86 32bit version of BT5R3 on my Asus x54c i3 6gb ram. You might not have the right ISO. 64bit works just fine too. Now configuring resolutions and such, different story.

  • Alexboom

    i have downloaded bt5 r3…vmware player and i get an error that vmware could not detect any OS….i have downloaded multiple isos….all with the same error

  • arun

    when i was tring to use gerix or other cracker it was showing the error as no monitor interface selected can u tell me how to set interface and monitor

  • ricky

    please answer me … witch is better ? Vmware player better or Vmware workstation for backtrack 5 r3 ???

    • Alok Yadav

      vmware player is free and lite version of workstation with minimal features
      both works good
      if you have workstation its good
      or if you have vmplayer its also work fine

  • http://ubuntu pavan

    i have lenovo 32 -bit and i got a error wt it is LOAD KERNAL FIRST wt i will do PLZ EXPLAIN ME

    • Alok Yadav

      you have problem in your grub bootloader

  • Gaurav mann

    hey guys I am a complete novice, i haven’t installed any linux ever. pleas help i downloaded the 32 bit vmware file , its not an iso its already made virtual machine i installed it , i can see that when say type STARTX there is @rootbx or something like that written but in my case its written ” bt login “. PLEASE SOMEBODY GUIDE COZ I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. HELP PLEASE

    • Rohit Bankia

      if you are a complete novice then you should try ubuntu or linux and not backtrack newaz the solution to your problem is simple the bt login being root and password toor but i will personally advice to explore ubuntu or fedora first then try exploring backtrack

  • hassan3709

    thank you so much

  • Alok Yadav

    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
    gksudo bash./VMware-Player-4.0.2-591240.x86_64.bundle

    and installation will start normally

  • Sheena Kittle-Baniaga Karr

    my issue is I am not trying to install BT into my VMware.. I am doing the opposite but can't find the right 'command line' to install the VMware Player. I am currently up and running
    Back Track 5, but want to install the VMware Player to add the Windows 7 virtual.
    I think once I have the correct install command line I should be good to go.
    any help is appreciated greatly.
    *email- aloha.siempre at gmail*

  • D4v1

    It worked!!

  • invisibleid

    Thanks it's very useful tutorial. But if somebody want to install backtrack 5 side by side with another OS, like Windows 7. You can read my article about Install Backtrack 5 dual boot

  • rohit_bankia

    first you get the bt ISO image then in VMware settings provide the ISO location after which the vm should run normally

  • razzz

    hello… im using VMware workstation.. but when i play bactrack on VMware workstation it come command like this " operating system not found"… why i cannot install backtrack5?

  • Alok Yadav

    i'll be fine ..

    but its better to use in vm or install in separate hard drive

  • johnny

    hello i would like to ask you a question..Is there any problem if I have already installed as a second os bt r3?I mean i will not have any problems with windows and bt partitions right?thanks in advance:)

  • johnny

    hello i would like to ask you a question..Is there any problem if I have already installed as a second os bt r3?I mean i will not have any problems with windows and bt partitions right?thanks in advance.:)

  • johnny

    hello i would like to ask you a question..Is there any problem if I have already installed as a second os bt r3?I mean i will not have any problems with windows and bt partiotions right?

  • Alok Yadav
  • Susan_Linux

    I've installed BackTrack5 into VMware Player on my Windows machine.
    (NOT using it as a Live Boot DVD. It's an actual install.)

    Is there now a way to go in the OTHER direction?

    Take the VMware BackTrack5 installation and create a Live Boot DVD from it?

    I need to run a slightly modified BackTrack in another machine, that doesn't have VMware. So I can only use a Live Boot DVD there.

    (I was surprised how many drivers are missing from BackTrack.)

  • rohit_bankia

    or you can wait till 13th august for bt5r3 release

  • Alok Yadav
  • criztle

    i have downloaded the bt5r2 kde 32 … to install where is the .iso file…there is one file which is over 2 gb and that is .squashfs file…how to get the iso?(pardon me i m just a beginner)

  • Alok Yadav

    download right version from

    and if you cant find install button then
    open terminal and paste
    sh -c "ubiquity"

    and for wlan make sure drivers installed
    see there

  • simon

    installing backtrack5 on a conputer its no problem lol but at vmware i cant – i dont have a install buttonon the desktop and the backtrack os cant find my wlan stick – whats the problem – ?
    its only with vmware …

  • rohit_bankia

    login username : root
    password : toor
    you will need to type 'startx' to enter into graphical mode

  • Alok Yadav

    username : root
    password : toor

  • kalyan

    i'm using dell inspiron 32 , when i install bt 5 it needs login what is that bt login and password. help me please

  • Alok Yadav

    windows 7 support booting with VHD

    search vhd windows 7 boot for more details

  • jay

    can i use this vmware version to boot in pc & not vmware

  • Alok Yadav

    great ! 

  • Test

    mine works

  • Alok Yadav

    try to use in bridge mode or buy a USB wireless card card ..

  • help

    i'm using desktop… and vmware cannot detect my internal wireless card??? help me…

  • Test

    mine works

  • Alok Yadav

    great ! 

  • dk

    x32 worked…

  • dk

    hitting ENTER does nothing, will try with x32 version instead of x64…

  • dk

    INSTALLATION STUCKS IN THE BEGINNING at the screen with Copyright (ISOLINUX 3.63…..), nothing happens then

  • Alok Yadav

    try this 

    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

  • Ahmed Zubair

    when i type startx i gives me a error ….. on my laptop which is dell inspiron n5110 with core i7 processor 4 gb ram .. what should i do???????????????

  • Alok Yadav

    yeah ..

    download vmplayer 
    or virtualbox (they both are great )
    and also download backtrack 5 iso image from

    install it like another ubuntu OS in vm 

  • Boby Delapointe

    Good morning!

    Can you explain how to do it on windows 7 64bit, please?

  • Alok Yadav

    its takes atleast 7 gb after install
    but 13 will be good enough for normal installations

  • Wong

    How many disk space should allocate?
    As my laptop only have 128gb ssd. disk space are limited

  • Prakash

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  • Prakash

    check the resolution settings change the resolution and it will work fine

  • Jason

    Backtrack 5 stalls and doesn't load the gui, can someone help.

  • Tchernobog76

    64-bit of course, it said so in the file-name ISO

  • Alok Yadav

    32 bit

  • darkinject0r %-=- hackingsociety+–

    Yeah but which version of Backtrack?? 32 or 64?