Error while opening the virtual machine: Taking ownership of this virtual machine failed.

The virtual machine is in use by an application on your host computer.

Configuration file: E:\Folder1\Windows Server 2008 R2 x64.vmx.

  • When does this message show up? What happens when you dismiss it?
    – gronostaj
    Mar 21, 2013 at 14:46
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    Have you checked that directory for .lck or .lock files?
    – oKtosiTe
    Mar 21, 2013 at 16:58

1 Answer 1

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder which houses your VM files
  2. Delete the sub-folder named %VMNAME%.vmx.lck
  3. Open up VMWare Workstation and power on the VM

Make a backup before you do this, just in case.


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