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I have installed VMWare Player in my Windows 7 Ultimate and I have added Ubuntu 12.10 in a virtual machine. The problem is that every time I power off the virtual machine everything is lost. I mean every program I install or folder i save or anything else is lost completely. And when I start the again the virtual machine is like newly installed.

Is there an option to change this (strange) behaviour?

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When the VM was created several question were asked about the disk and its behaviour on power down. One of those options is to revert the disk to its previous state.

Please check your config. (Screenshot taken from Vmware workstation 8 since I had that installed)

VMware workstation 8 disk behaviour options

In your case you probably want 'just power off now'.

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Hello and thank you for the help. It seems that the option 'Snapshots' does not exist in VMWare Player. Maybe it's an option you have to choose when installing the VM. I will try this. –  Giorgos Manoltzas Jan 12 '13 at 10:35
I dont have it too! mine is 10 –  TechLife Jan 4 at 14:05

check out your configuration. All configurations are set in the *.vmx file Open yourVirualmachine.vmx with notepad and check the snapshot.action entry. If it's set to snapshot.action = "autoRevert" no changes will be saved. Then change to snapshot.action = "keep" this will solve your problem

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Have Installed the guest operating system(ubuntu). I suspect you r using the live mode of Ubuntu. The live mode only saves the information till the Virtual Machine is turned off.( as answered in this question

At the grub boot screen, select graphical install and follow the instructions to install the system.

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Isn't VMware player is designed that way? That you can use it to explore virtual machines, but if you want to actually have persistent changes, you have to buy the full VMware Workstation?

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I do not know :) at least i have not read something like that –  Giorgos Manoltzas Jan 12 '13 at 0:22
Please delete this answer, I've just looked more in depth and it is incorrect. My mistake. –  K.A Jan 12 '13 at 0:23
@K.A: You can (vote to) delete your own answer, before someone downvotes it. –  Karan Jan 13 '13 at 22:19
@Karan How? All I see are "share", "edit", and "flag". –  K.A Jan 13 '13 at 23:46
@K.A: Just checked out your profile. Obviously you cannot do it if you haven't even registered. –  Karan Jan 13 '13 at 23:52

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