Manatee932
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Where are .vmx files? Need to get to BIOS to boot from floppy.

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When a new virtual machine is created, a .vmwarevm file is created which contains the virtual machine. I've read that there should also be a corresponding .vmx file that contains settings. I've been searching, but I can't find any .vmx files. I tried creating a new VM to see where its .vmx file was created, but I don't see one anywhere.

The reason I'm trying to find it is:

Just before I left for a multi-week business trip, I created a Vista VM and installed a ton of stuff on it. Then I went away. When I returned, I couldn't remember the password to log into my new VM. I tried all sorts of variations on my "usual" initial passwords, but none works. I must have used something different this time. So... I did some web searching to try to find a way to recover the password. I found tools where you boot from a floppy, it copies your password file, and then you submit it to some engine that may be able to come up with the password. However, since this is a VM, I need to get the VM to boot from the floppy. I couldn't find a way to get to the "virtual" BIOS in the VM. Then I found the instructions for editing the .vmx file to make it stop at the BIOS setup on the next boot, so I can edit the settings to make the vm boot from the floppy. And that brings me to trying to find the .vmx file so I can edit it.

Can anyone help?

Thanks,

Peter

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Manatee932
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Thank you. I didn't realize the vmwarevm file was a package.

That got me to the .vmx file. I was able to add the entry, and get to the BIOS setup on the next boot. However, even though I put the device group containing the floppy ahead of the group containing the virtual disk in the boot order, it still ignored the floppy (with a bootable disk that I tested on a PC) and went to the virtual disk. So no luck on getting my password file yet. At least I learned something new.

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The VM is a .vmwarevm bundle not a file. Locate your VM bundle under Documents > Virtual Machine. Right click on the icon (or ctrl-click) and the context menu will appear with the item "Show Package Contents". Choose that. The bundle will open exposing the .vmx, .vmdk, .log files, nvram, etal.

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If you're fast enough on the BIOS screen, hit Esc to choose the boot device you can pick floppy from that menu without having to change anything in the BIOS