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