When you get the following error on VMware, try to do the following workaround.

Error:

This virtual machine appears to be in use.

If this virtual machine is not in use, press the "Take Ownership"  button to obtain ownership of it. Otherwise, press the 'Cancel' button to avoid damaging it.

Solution:

  1. Turn off the VM.
  2. Close VMware Workstation.
  3. Open the folder where VMware files are located indicated in the error message.
  4. Remove any .lck or .lock files.
  5. Run VMware Workstation.
  6. Start the VM.
[SOLVED] Error: This Virtual Machine Appears to be in Use
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

7 thoughts on “[SOLVED] Error: This Virtual Machine Appears to be in Use

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    August 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm
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    Thank you : This was really helpful

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      February 5, 2019 at 2:21 am
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      gracias me fue muy util

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    February 12, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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    hi
    I am facing problem while powering on c7host. when I power it on it shows me welcome to emergency mode. So please give me instructions to troubleshoot this problem.

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    February 13, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    There is no .lck and .lock file.

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    April 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    Thank you!
    That was helpful & solved issue.

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    July 31, 2019 at 9:35 am
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    thank you This was really helpful

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    June 27, 2020 at 4:53 pm
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    Thanks for your help

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