Fix for VMWare error: Could not open virtual machine, this virtual machine appears to be in use


This morning I received the following error when trying to power on a VMware Workstation virtual machine:

Could not open virtual machine: C:\VMs\Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.vmx. This virtual machine appears to be in use.

To resolve the issue, I deleted all of the .lck files and directories in the guest’s directory listed above. This allowed me to start my VM. I encounter this error from time to time, yet always forget how to resolve it.

16 Responses to “Fix for VMWare error: Could not open virtual machine, this virtual machine appears to be in use”

  1. upgrade Says:

    It worked. Thanks

    • mohamed Says:

      thanx

  2. M Raziq Says:

    it worked perfectly thank you very much….

  3. eqn Says:

    it’s work so great. thanks a lot 🙂

  4. Jens Says:

    It works perfect! Thanks a lot!

  5. Andrea Says:

    It works perfectly !!!! thank u very much !!!

  6. Matt Says:

    Hi there,

    It works, but…
    A couple of minutes after the virtual machine, VMware displays a message…
    Somthing about the directory already exists, bla bla,
    do you want to overwrite? [YES] or [NO]
    Which one should I choose?
    (I will try to give you the exact message in a few minutes)

  7. vinay Says:

    thanx. it worked

  8. XXS Says:

    Thank you very much!!! 😀

  9. Tonny Says:

    Thanks , great

  10. orji Says:

    it worked thanks

  11. Justin Says:

    Thanks, you are a legend.

  12. Siraj Says:

    Great!!! it worked thanks.

  13. Rishi Raghuvanshi Says:

    thank you, I was having this problem for the last 2 months!

  14. Ariovaldo Says:

    Man, awesome, very simple and effective, thank you very much!

  15. Hammad Says:

    Thanks a million!


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