My vmware player locked up recently when I turned on unity mode and I had to reboot my machine to get it back. Now when I try to power on my image, I get this error:
Failed to connect pipe to virtual machine: All pipe instances are busy.
I am running Windows 11 and this image has worked fine before.
I have tried deleting all the .lck, .lock, and .vmem files and then rebooting my computer (a couple of times), but I am still getting this error. I don't know what to do now.
Same thing happened to me today. VM locked up after disconnecting USB device. When trying to suspend or shut down the VM I received a message saying it was busy. So I killed the task and restarted and now get the same message you do.
Next time try killing (Task Manager) the Player then kill the background task 'VMWare Workstation VMX' (may be called something else in Player). I use Workstation and have run into the same issue. Or reboot - whatever floats your boat.