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Startup Options on a Windows Host

Most of the switches described in Startup Options on a Linux Host can also be used on a Windows host. The -m switch is for Linux hosts only. The most convenient way to use the switches is to incorporate them into the command generated by a Windows shortcut.

Create the shortcut, right-click the shortcut, then click Properties. In the Target field, add any switches you want to use after the VMware.exe filename. For example, the following command launches the Windows Me virtual machine specified, powers it on automatically and switches to full screen mode.

"C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\Programs\VMware.exe -X C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\Windows Me\Windows Me.vmx"

Be sure to enclose the entire command string in quotation marks.

Note: The configuration file has a .vmx extension by default.

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