Shooting from the hip here, but have you tried right clicking and 'run as administrator'?
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.
For windows usres, I tried other options like what in this article
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
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
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
(note: d: and cd VMware : in my case VMware Workstation is installed in d:\vmware, so adjust this to your own situation)
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