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    Workstation 10 crashing

    tim11pop Novice

      Hello All,


      Wondering if somebody might be able to provide some advice. I've been using VMware for some time and have a pretty decent number of VMs, today I noticed that version 10 was available so I decided to give it a trial and updated from Workstation 9. Once I installed it however it would load the first Home page, plus the list of VMs I have and I tried to do pretty much anything and VMware crashes. Every single time. I tried going to About and it crashes, create new VM, crashes. Even loading up a VM crashes.


      I've tried uninstalling other VMware products, uninstalling Workstation 10, repairing Workstation, and cleaning everything using CCleaner. I have also tried rebooting after the first installation.


      After the reinstallation it crashes before the home page even loads.


      Does anyone have any suggestions at all? Maybe some log files I might be able to investigate?


      I'm running Windows 7 with 16GB RAM and an AMD FX-8150 CPU.

        • 1. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
          xindayu Enthusiast
          VMware Employees

          Hi tim11pop,


          Thanks for your trying Workstation10. We are really sorry you ran into this issue!


          Could you please follow the below steps to collect logs for further investigation?

          1. Open the installation folder of Workstation, for example, the default folder is : “C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation”.

          2. Run the “vm-support.vbs”, it will create a zip log file.


          Please upload the log and we will get back to you asap.




          • 2. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
            tim11pop Novice

            Thanks for the reply Xinda. I've attached the zip file to the original post.


            Hopefully some suggestions can be made.

            • 3. Re: Workstation 10 crashing

              Exactly what happens when it crashes?  Is there an error dialog?  If so, what does it say?

              • 4. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                tim11pop Novice

                No error message. Crashes and Windows does the (Not responding) in the window.


                Here's a screenshot: http://puu.sh/4nkgO.png

                • 5. Re: Workstation 10 crashing

                  Okay, so actually Workstation freezes (which is different from a crash).


                  This sounds a little similar to a freeze that we discovered very late where Workstation might freeze if another application on your system is also frozen, although since it happens to you after you reboot, it might be a different problem.


                  The only other things I can think of are to try:


                  1. Temporarily removing/renaming %APPDATA%\VMware\preferences.ini
                  2. Modifying %APPDATA%\VMware\preferences.ini and setting:


                  pref.autoSoftwareUpdatePermission = "deny"
                  pref.componentDownloadPermission = "deny"
                  • 6. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                    tim11pop Novice

                    Hm, interestingly once I rename the preferences,ini file I get to this part: http://puu.sh/4nlyh.png. However I think it may have crashed my ExpanDrive process which is running at 15% CPU. If I add those two lines to the preferences.ini it makes no differences.


                    I'll give this a further try out after a restart as that's the only way to kill off the ExpanDrive process for some reason.

                    • 7. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                      tim11pop Novice

                      Right, rebooted. When renaming the preferences.ini file I get slightly further in that it loads up the Home tab but then freezes again.


                      When trying the second option it makes no difference.


                      Any other thoughts at all? Seems like a bit of an odd issue!

                      • 8. Re: Workstation 10 crashing

                        I don't have any other ideas right now.  While Workstation is frozen, could you open the Task Manager, right-click on the vmware.exe process, choose "Create Dump File", and attach that (probably zipping it first)?

                        • 9. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                          tim11pop Novice

                          I've attached the DMP as requested. Had to do it as a 7z file as it is 140MB.

                          • 10. Re: Workstation 10 crashing

                            Thanks.  Unfortunately, since vmware.exe is a 32-bit process, you'll need to generate the .dmp file from the 32-bit Task Manager (argggh).  Could you run C:\Windows\SysWOW64\taskmgr.exe (make sure Task Manager isn't already running; you can make sure that you're running the right one if taskmgr.exe*32 is listed in the Processes list) and do it again?  Sorry for the trouble!

                            • 11. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                              tim11pop Novice

                              Sorry about that. I've attached the version created by the 32bit taskmanager.


                              Thanks again.

                              • 12. Re: Workstation 10 crashing

                                Yeah, this is indeed the same problem that we unfortunately discovered too late.  It should be fixed in the next release, but I can't comment on when that might be.


                                I've attached a test program that should be able to identify which program we're conflicting with (just run it through a command prompt).  I'd be curious to know what it reports.

                                • 13. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                                  tim11pop Novice

                                  Ah, thanks for the information, very helpful. I ran the program and it gave me the response of:

                                  Trying message: 0x8400

                                  Conflicts with window (error: 0x5B4): HWND:00030402: PID:4524 "Native KiesPDLR"

                                  Trying message: 0x8401

                                  Conflicts with window (error: 0x5B4): HWND:00030402: PID:4524 "Native KiesPDLR"



                                  So looks like it's an issue with the Kies Samsung software for my phone. Once I kill of that process I can get into VMware with no issues at all.


                                  Thanks for taking the time to go through the troubleshooting with me, it's great to have a resolution and know that there will be a permanent fix in the next release.

                                  • 14. Re: Workstation 10 crashing
                                    MichaelDarnell Lurker

                                    Just bought VMware Workstation 10 this past week and encountered the same freezing issue as the OP. At that time, I tried rebooting, repairing, etc. to no effect. The only culprit I could think of was that I had recently connected my Android phone to recharge, yet disconnecting it resulted in no change.


                                    After un/reinstalling, everything seemed to be fine again until just now when I plugged in my Motorola phone again. Sure enough, while my VMs were still operational, any actions in Workstation itself would cause a freeze. Upon running the conflict script, it indicated "deviceupdate.exe" was the problem:



                                    Trying message: 0x8400

                                    Conflicts with window (error: 0x5B4): HWND:001B0A12: PID:3080 "Device Software Update"

                                    [snipped identical results for 0x8401-0x8412]

                                    Trying message: 0x8413

                                    Conflicts with window (error: 0x5B4): HWND:001B0A12: PID:3080 "Device Software Update"


                                    After killing that process, everything started working just fine.


                                    Thanks for the work-around, and look forward to a patch!

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