SLAX, the best Linux around. You’ve probably have heard all the praise and all that. But now you’re actually wanting it. So you get it on a VM. You power it up and- BANG, no install! And they say it’s the easiest OS ever!
You’re probably pretty frustrated with the no-install-policy. Well, as always, we’re here to lend a helping hand. The installation is pretty easy, but the prerequisites aren’t. More on that later.
A lot you would have come across lots of forums telling you to copy the contents and execute an elusive (nonexistent even) file, namely, “liloinst.sh”. Don’t blame the forums though, as it would probably work for other non-original versions of SLAX (WiFi SLAX, WinLinux, SabreSLAX etc.).

Now for the real how-to and the daunting prerequisites. If you plan on installing this in VMware, you’ll need a Windows XP (or above) VM already installed

First, the VMware method.
Attach a new “SATA” drive onto the Windows VM (8GB is more than enough). Boot up the Windows VM. Once booted up, mount the SLAX ISO on a drive.

Initiate the VMDK file as follows: MBR> NTFS> Label: SLAX (right click This PC > Manage> Disk Management). Copy all the contents of the SLAX ISO onto the hard disk.

Next, run as Administrator, “/slax/boot/bootinst.bat” (the one in the virtual HDD. Note: I’ve shown you the path from the CD for demonstration purposes. DON’T do that).

Read whatever the “bootinst.bat” file says. When it says “Boot sector written successfully” (or something like that), close the CMD windows.

Now we’re set. Shut down the VM, remove the SLAX VMDK from the Windows VM and make a new VM with the “SLAX.vmdk”. The VM will boot up fine.

Done! Hope that helped you in some way.

If you wanna install Guest Additions, you’ll need: |GConf| |Perl| |Python| |SDL| |7Zip| |Kernel-Devel|

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