5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 26, 2019 9:49 PM by thewul

    VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.

    HarryLinux Lurker

      I upgraded to VMware Workstation Pro 14 and recently did an update. Following the update, when I try to power on my virtual machine I get the following error message:

       

      "VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service. You can try manually starting the VMware Authorization Service. If this problem persists, contact VMware support."

       

      I reentered my license key several times and restarted the application but the problem persists. I have 306 Days left on my key and wasted 5 with this issue. Am I doing something wrong?

        • 1. Re: VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.
          vcallaway Enthusiast
          vExpert

          Shooting from the hip here, but have you tried right clicking and 'run as administrator'?

          • 2. Re: VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.
            Scillonian Hot Shot

            Have a read of this thread and see if any of the advise helps:

             

            Workstation 14.1.2 not working

            • 3. Re: VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.
              HarryLinux Lurker

              I ended up opening up the installer and running a repair on the application. When I relaunched the application it worked fine. Thanks for the help though.

              • 4. Re: VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.
                FadiAbuMansour Lurker

                For windows usres, I tried other options like what in this article

                VMware Knowledge Base

                but it didnt work out for me so I just solved the problem by doing the repair for VmWare insallation

                 

                Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > VmWare Workstation > Next > repair > restart computre

                • 5. Re: VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service.
                  thewul Enthusiast

                  This is an old thread, I know.

                   

                  FWIW and should other users run into the same problems some time in future, I'd still like to add my comments.

                   

                  Up front there is an important thing to note.

                  I always use the two small batch files on my desktop:  1st one launches VMware Workstation, the 2nd one exits/closes VMware Workstation,

                   

                  There is also a direct shortcut to vmware.exe  on my desktop (I should and will remove that)

                   

                  Today I coincidentally tried to launch VMware Workstation using the direct shortcut (to vmware.exe) and indeed also got this error.

                  ("VMware Workstation failed to start the VMware Authorization Service. You can try manually starting the VMware Authorization Service.

                  If this problem persists, contact VMware support.")

                   

                  So I searched for a solution here and it seems that I should repair/re-install the application...

                   

                  I then noticed I used the wrong button to launch VMware and launched it using the batch file. That went fine!

                   

                  One might consider using batch files.

                  Batch files are located with the VMware Workstation folder and a shortcut to desktop

                   

                  start_vmware.bat

                  sc config VMUSBArbService start= demand

                  net start VMUSBArbService

                  sc config VMAuthdService start= demand

                  net start VMAuthdService

                  sc config VMwareHostd start= demand

                  net start VMwareHostd

                  sc config VMnetDHCP start= demand

                  net start VMnetDHCP

                  sc config "VMware NAT Service" start= demand

                  net start "VMware NAT Service"

                  netsh interface set interface "VMware Network Adapter VMnet1" ENABLED

                  netsh interface set interface "VMware Network Adapter VMnet8" ENABLED

                  d:

                  cd VMware

                  start vmware.exe

                   

                  (note: d: and cd VMware : in my case VMware Workstation is installed in d:\vmware, so adjust this to your own situation)

                   

                  stop_vmware.bat

                  taskkill /F /IM "vmware-tray.exe"

                  net stop VMwareHostd

                  sc config VMwareHostd start= disabled

                  net stop VMUSBArbService

                  sc config VMUSBArbService start= disabled

                  net stop VMAuthdService

                  sc config VMAuthdService start= disabled

                  net stop VMnetDHCP

                  sc config VMnetDHCP start= disabled

                  net stop "VMware NAT Service"

                  sc config "VMware NAT Service" start= disabled

                  netsh interface set interface "VMware Network Adapter VMnet1" DISABLED

                  netsh interface set interface "VMware Network Adapter VMnet8" DISABLED

                   

                  (note: the stop_vmware.bat is to stop all vmware processes)

                   

                  please also see  disable auto-start VM workstation services/processes

                   

                  Set the batch file to run as administrator.

                   

                  This has been working fine for years.

                   

                  Again, just FWIW

                   

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