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As with physical computers, you need to shut down your guest operating system before you power off your virtual machine. In a Windows guest operating system, take these steps.
If you are using a different guest operating system, the procedure is similar. Follow the usual steps to shut down the guest operating system inside your virtual machine, then turn off the virtual machine with the Power Off button and exit VMware Workstation.