How do I get Ubuntu terminal prompt in Windows 7 with VMware Player

R J rj201244 at
Thu Nov 15 02:49:44 UTC 2012

Thanks a lot again. I located the windows key on keyboard but pressing the windows key alone does not take me to the command prompt. 

I could get the command prompt after pressing  CTRL-ALT-F1.

I see a problem though. The Ubuntu screen (default red/black screen) does not show the "icons" for menu items. I was curious if it was my laptop. So I installed the VMWare Player and Ubantu on two other PCs. All have the same problem and is steadily reproducible.

Probably you are using a Ubuntu version different from mine (Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10).  Anyway I can get to the command prompt, which is a major success for me. But with invisible Ubuntu menu items, I do not think I can go much further.

 From: Steve Flynn <anothermindbomb at>
To: R J <rj201244 at> 
Cc: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at> 
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: How do I get Ubuntu terminal prompt in Windows 7 with VMware Player

On 14 November 2012 23:47, R J <rj201244 at> wrote:

Thanks a lot. 
>Sorry I am new to ubantu and vmware. Could you please let me know where the "Windows key" is? I have attached the screen that I get after clicking "ubuntu" icon in the vmware player.

The windows key on your keyboard, or Meta key as it used to be knowing the good old days of VT-52 terminals. After you log into your VM, and Ubuntu fires its desktop up, just hit the Windows key (the key to the between the left Control and Left Alt keys on a typical keyboard).That should throw up a search box - enter terminal and hit enter. You should see a CLI window appear.

If you want to go completely CLI, press CTRL-ALT-F1 through to CTRL-ALT-F6 to switch any of the 6 tty's you have running constantly - no reasojn why you'd need to do that however, if you're just having a look around.

Shout up if you want a quick whizz around the various features at your disposal or want to ask any questions. Plenty of people here who will give you a quick crash course.


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