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I have a desktop shortcut with the following Target:

"C:\VMWareWorkstation.exe" start "C:/dsl.vmx"

This opens VMware Workstation with the file ready to be used, However it does not POWER ON the virtual machine, I know it was a very similar command, however I have forgot and since formatted the machine, I checked VMWARE KB's but got nowhere for Windows commands.


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From Vmware support.

VMware Workstation includes a separate application, vmrun, for operating teams or virtual machines from the command line.

To launch the vmrun application, from the command prompt, enter:


On prompt command:

vmrun start c:\My Virtual Machines\<virtual_machine_name>.vmx

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That has worked a treat! Thankyou – Philip Danger Kubicki Jul 9 '13 at 20:12
@PhilipDangerKubicki: It was useful for you to accept my answer. – quark8 Jul 9 '13 at 20:13

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