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Starting a Virtual Machine
To start a virtual machine
1. Start Workstation. For instructions, see Launching VMware Workstation.
1. Select the name of the virtual machine you want to use in the Favorites list at the left of the Workstation window.
If the virtual machine you want to use is not shown there, choose File > Open and browse to the configuration (.vmx) file for the virtual machine you want to use.
Refer to Virtual Machine Location for help finding virtual machines on your host operating system.
2. Click the Power On button to start the virtual machine.
3. Click anywhere inside the virtual machine window to give the virtual machine control of your mouse and keyboard.
4. If you need to log on, type your name and password just as you would on a physical computer.
Note: If your Windows guest operating system asks you to press Ctrl-Alt-Del before logging in, press Ctrl-Alt-Ins, instead.
Virtual Machine Location
On Windows hosts VMware Workstation stores virtual machines in the My Documents folder of the user who is logged on when the virtual machine is created.
On Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000, the default folder is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\<guestOSname>.
On Linux hosts VMware Workstation stores virtual machines in <homedir>/VMware/<guestOSname>, where <homedir> is the home directory of the user who is logged on when the virtual machine is created.