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Starting a Virtual Machine on a Windows Host

Starting a Virtual Machine on a Windows Host

  1. Start VMware Workstation by double-clicking the shortcut on your desktop or launch the program from the Start menu (Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Workstation).

    The VMware Workstation window opens.

  2. Select the name of the virtual machine you want to use in the virtual machine list at the left of the opening screen, then click Power On.

    If the virtual machine you want to use is not shown there, click the Open Existing Virtual Machine icon and browse to the .vmx file for the virtual machine you want to use. That virtual machine will be added to the virtual machine list so you can open it easily the next time you want to use it.

    Note: By default, VMware Workstation 3.2 stores virtual machines in the My Documents folder of the user who is logged on when the virtual machine is created. On Windows .NET Server, Windows XP and Windows 2000, the default folder is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\<guestOSname>. On Windows NT, the default folder is C:\WINNT\Profiles\<username>\Personal\My Virtual Machines\<guestOSname>. Earlier versions of VMware Workstation stored virtual machines in C:\Program Files\VMware\VMs\<guestOSname> by default.

  3. Click the Power On button to start the virtual machine.

  4. Click anywhere inside the VMware Workstation window to give the virtual machine control of your mouse and keyboard.

  5. If you need to log on, type in your name and password just as you would on a physical computer.

Removing a Name from the Virtual Machine Name List

Removing a Name from the Virtual Machine Name List

You can remove the name of a virtual machine from the list in the VMware Workstation window at any time. Removing the name from the list does not affect the virtual machine's files. You can add the virtual machine to the list again at any time by opening it, as described above.

To remove a name from the list, take these steps.

  1. Right-click a name in the list once to select it.

  2. After a brief pause, right-click the name again to pop up a context menu.

  3. Choose Remove From List to remove the selected virtual machine's name.

    You may also choose Power On to power on the selected virtual machine or Settings to modify settings for the selected virtual machine in the Configuration Editor.

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