Jul 06

VMvareToday I could not start my VMware image any more, it started restoring virtual machine state and hung when 1/3 of the progress bar was completed. Not only did the VMware player hang but also all other programs on my computer. All shortcuts like (alt + F4) and (ctrl + alt + del) gave me no response as well, to get out of this situation I needed to hold down the power on/off button and restart my machine.

I looked at some documentation for the VMware player and found the solution, very easy to fix and I thought that I should share this with you.

I am using the VMware player 2.5.2, you can download it from VMware player download page (free version).
Go to the folder where you keep your image and delete the .vmss (VMware suspended virtual machine state) file. Now you can restart your image and everything should work fine. By deleting the .vmss file you will lose all unsaved data from your previous session.

I know why this happened to my image: I manually restarted my machine while the image was running. This lead to a corrupted virtual machine state and therefore it hung. Why the rest of my computer hangs when this happens I don’t know (running Vista).

To avoid this from happening always shut down your image the proper way before restarting/turning off your computer.

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29 Comments to “Workaround when restoring virtual machine state in VMware player hangs”

  1. Ankur says:

    You saved my day buddy :)

  2. Rafa says:

    Mine too :) Thank you!

  3. I’m glad that I could help :)

  4. Mahmoud says:

    Thank you, you saved my lot of work !!

  5. Harvey says:

    Thank you very much… a quick and easy fix for something that was preventing me using some urgently needed software.

  6. Zach says:

    THANKS! I’ve tried deleting the .lck files but didn’t know about the suspend files thank you a lot!

  7. NoName says:

    love u for this .. muahhhhhhh

  8. Bruno says:

    I was about to cry when I found your post. Thank you!!!

  9. sharath says:

    thanks alot

  10. Zainab says:

    Thanks buddy. I learnt something new :)

  11. Monika says:

    Thank you so much!! Such an easy quick fix solution to the problem :)

  12. Glad to help, very easy fix to a frustrating problem

  13. Ali says:

    Hello, my VM Ware player hangs after it has loaded fully. When I click on start to launch my programs, the vm just hangs without any warnings or messages. Would you be able to help please. I need the VM to be working so that I can do some very important work. looking forward to your response.

  14. Hi Ali,

    I am sorry to say that I can not help you with this one. I just experienced the problem described above and found a solution for that one. Good luck.

  15. ranja says:

    thank you very very much u saved my work

  16. andrzej says:

    you saved my day, thanks a lot!!

  17. fhamidkhan says:

    Thank you life saved. Much appreciated.

  18. Elango says:

    Thanks Dude.. It helped me a lot..

  19. venkatesh says:

    u r a gem .. it worked like beauty..

  20. Хуй says:


  21. Swathi says:

    Thanks a lot buddy. My VM is working now, you saved my day.

  22. Nav says:

    Thanks dude…. Helped me a lot

  23. Thiago says:

    MAN, LOVE YOU. Saved my day, my project, my life!

    Thanks a lot!

  24. Glad that I was able to help you!

  25. Pradnya N says:

    Saved my day! Thanks!

  26. ymk says:

    You – my friend – are a life saver!!

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