Taking ownership of the virtual machine is failed – VMware player

Reason (one of..): Host OS might have shutdown unexpectedly causing a running Virtual Machine to die without saving its state.

Quick fix:

  1. Stop VMware player
  2. Go to the virtual machines directory, i.e. where VM files are stored on host OS.
  3. Check for lock (.lck) files. Usually in Windows: vmdk.lck, vmem.lck, vmx.lck
  4. Move .lck files to another directory( for backup purposes)
  5. Restart VM
  6. If its fixed, delete .lck files

31 thoughts on “Taking ownership of the virtual machine is failed – VMware player

  1. Harish says:

    Fantastic! I just deleted all the .lck files and didn’t even take backup. It’s still working. But explain whether I need to take backup(.lck files) really?

  2. shilpa says:

    i m facing the problem”Taking ownership of the virtual machine is failed – VMware player” while running vmware workstation.
    plz help

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