VMware Workstation

May 27, 2017

A short note on VMware Workstation.

VMware Workstation is a great tool. But accepting an upgrade can run into problems.

If after installing an upgrade, when you try to start a VM you may see this popup message:

If you are running VMware from Windows:

  1. Confirm that “VMware Authorization Service” service is running ( i.e ‘Started’ )
  2. Check if VMware Player shows up in the list of installed programs

The 2nd problem means the update process didn’t properly register the program. A solution is simply to find and download the latest installer executable ( VMware-player-12.x.x-xxxxxxxx.exe ) and run it. The install process that follows is the same as the upgrade process and your existing VM images will not be touched.

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