How to install kali Linux

How to install Kali Linux is a step by step Kali Linux installation with screens for the Kali operation system using a VMWare virtual machine.

How to install Kali Linux
How to install Kali Linux

The first thing we need is to download Kali Linux, please use this link for downloading Kali Linux. I am using the installer version.

Kali Linux Image Download
Kali Linux Image Download

 

In this tutorial, we will download and install Kali Linux on a VMWare Virtual Machine. I will do another tutorial for downloading and using the live boot addition of Kali Linux. You can use a tool like uTorrent for the download. Using the torrent network.

How to install kali Linux?

Let’s set our VMWare to use our downloaded Kali Linux as the CDROM, and verify that we are booting from the CDROM.

Kali Linux VM settings
Kali Linux VM settings

VM configuration settings:

  1. Change the System Memory to 4GB, it was 758K. If you continue with the low memory, the installation shows you a low memory message. I did not try to install it using low memory.
  2. Change the Hard Disk size to 20GB, it was 8GB.
  3. Make sure you are selecting the Allocate all disk space now option.
Kali Linux installer menu
Kali Linux installer menu

This is the first screen that we see when we boot our Kali Linux VM system. For this guide, we are going to use the Graphical install option. Please select it and press enter to start.

Kali Linux Language Selection
Kali Linux Language Selection

In the next screen, we need to select a language. For this guide, we will be using the English language. If you want please change it to your language of choice. Once selected press the Continue button for the next step.

Kali Linux Your Location
Kali Linux Your Location

Please select your location for the Keli Linux installation. Once selected, please press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Keyboard Configuration
Kali Linux Keyboard Configuration

Now we need to configure our Keyboard. For this guide, I am using American English. Please select your own preferred keyboard. After selecting your keyboard, press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Detect and Configure
Kali Linux Detect and Configure

You will see a screen like the above, with some detection and configuration steps.

Kali Linux Hostname
Kali Linux Hostname

In this screen, we need to setup our system hostname. I am using kalivms as the hostname (this stands for kali virtual machine system). After setting the hostname, press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Domain name
Kali Linux Domain name

If your computer is part of a domain, like working company, school or high school, etc. Please add your domain name, if not you can press the Continue button without setting a domain name.

Kali Linux Account User
Kali Linux Account User

Now we need to ser our user name. This will be a non-root user, in Linux, we call the administrator user – root. With this user you will be able to log in and once needed you can change to root. Add your full name and press Continue.

Kali Linux Login User
Kali Linux Login User

In the next step, it will automatically use your first name as the login user. If you want you can change it to something else (like your nickname). With this name, you will be able to log into the Kali Linux system. Please set it and press the Continue button.

 

Kali Linux Setting Password
Kali Linux Setting Password

Now it is our time to set a password for our user. Set your password, then retype your password and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Set Time zone
Kali Linux Set Time zone

Please select your time zone and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Setting Partition
Kali Linux Setting Partition

Here we need to set the partition, as we use a VM with one Hard Disk all dedicated to Kali Linux, we will use Guided – use the entire disk. Select it and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Setting Partition Disk
Kali Linux Setting Partition Disk

Select the disk you want Kali Linux to be installed on. Once selected press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Setting Partition Disk Continue
Kali Linux Setting Partition Disk Continue

Select the option you have here and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Partitions Parts
Kali Linux Partitions Parts

It is showing you how it split the partition on the disk for the Kali Linux installation. Make sure to select the Finish partitioning and write changes to disk and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Partition Verified
Kali Linux Partition Verified

On this screen, it asks you if you are sure to make the changes. as we are using a dedicated VM system, we are not changing our real system. Select the Yes option and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Installation Is Running
Kali Linux Installation Is Running

Now the Kali Linux Installation Is Running.

Kali Linux Software Selection
Kali Linux Software Selection

On this screen, you can select your desktop environment. You can use the defaults or if you want select another graphical desktop like Gnome or KDE. I am using the default and pressing the Continue button.

Kali Linux Software Installation
Kali Linux Software Installation

Kali Linux Software Installation progress. Now it installs your selected software on your system. We are waiting for it to finish. It may take some time.

Kali Linux GRUB installation
Kali Linux GRUB installation

Using GRUB as the boot loader. This is a VM with only one operating system on it – Kali Linux – and we need a boot loader. Please select Yes and Continue the installation.

Kali Linux GRUB Boot loader set drive
Kali Linux GRUB Boot loader set drive

If you follow this guide, you have only one hard disk, select the /dev/sda and press the Continue button.

Kali Linux Change the CDROM
Kali Linux Change the CDROM

Changing the system settings before the system reboot. I recommended entering the VM settings and setting the CDROM to use the physical drive for the boot not to start from the CDROM. Once set, press the Continue in the installation screen.

Kali Linux Installation Finish
Kali Linux Installation Finish

 

I selected the Finish the installation options and press the Continue button. This brings me to the Kali Linux Installation Finish screen and it rebooted the system. The installation is finished. please press the Continue button to reboot the system.

Kali Linux Login screen
Kali Linux Login screen

After the reboot, the Kali Linux installation is done and you can set your selected user name and password to log into the system.

Kali Linux Screen
Kali Linux Screen

This is the end of our how to install Kali Linux guide, now the system is up and running and you can start using it. I will create another guide with some basic how to use Kali Linux in the near future.

Kali Linux Installation Failed Message:

Kali Linux Installation Failed Message
Kali Linux Installation Failed Message

If you see the above message during the installation, it might indicate that you need to change the settings, for me, when I saw this message I had to change the disk size from 8GB to 20GB for the installation to work. It may also be due to memory size.

At the beginning of this guide, I recommend the changes that I did in the VM settings.

 

 

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