I do have vmware installed, I also have playonlinux installed, gametree, and virtual box. vmware player is version 4. but not sure of the other versions.
I moved the directories and linked them like so, and that didn't work. Also, when I selected to encypt my home folder, I never moved the keys outside of the home folder, so unless I can log in non-read only mode, then I can't get to them.
Eventually, I decided to scrap the installation and just revert to 11.4. I don't think I'll upgrade until 11.10 is considered stable.
I think selecting the upgrade window was a bad idea, and if I was going to upgrade, I should just burn an installation cd and install regularly.