Installing BackTrack using Vmware Image

1. First unzip the file. The result is a folder called: BackTrack4-Final.

2. Move BackTrack4-Final and its contents to the Virtual Machines folder created for you by VMware when you first installed it. Under Windows 7 it is located at:
C:Users{Your User Name}DocumentsVirtual Machines

3. Run VMware Workstation
From the menu bar, select File –> Open and navigate to the BackTrack4-Final folder. Inside the folder you should find: BackTrack4-Final.vmx. Open it.

4 Now that the image is loaded into your VMware Desktop, click: Power on this virtual machine.
Most likely, you will get the following dialog:
“This virtual machine may have been moved or copied.

5. In order to configure certain management and networking features, VMware Workstation needs to know if you moved this virtual machine or if you copied it.”

6. Choose I copied it and proceed. If everything goes well, and it should, BackTrack will ask you to log in. The username will be root and the password is toor.

7. Once logged in as a root, type startx to run the graphical interface.
The internet/network is not connected by default in BackTrack, to start it run the Konsole and enter the start-network command.
If that did not work, open Wicd manager (K menu –> Internet –> Wicd manager) and click Connect. The status bar should show something like:
Connected to wired network (IP:

If you get that, it means you connected BackTrack to the network successfully! Well done

At the end, make sure you have the latest kernel sources by running the following commands:

apt-get update

apt-get install linux-source

cd /usr/src

tar jxpf linux-source-{version}.tar.bz2

ln -s linux-source-{version} linux

cd linux

zcat /proc/config.gz > .config

make scripts

make prepare

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