How to fix the VMware auto-start not working issue

Vladimir Popescu
by Vladimir Popescu
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If you find that your VMware auto-start is not working, you are in luck today.

In this article, we will discuss the best troubleshooting methods to fix this issue.

The common reason for this error appearing seems to be caused by a sudden loss of power that shuts down the VM host.

Beyond this, this issue can arise if your VM doesn’t have enough RAM memory to perform the required task.

This issue can be extremely annoying to deal with even if you have only one VM running.

If you’re using multiple VMs, then this issue grows in importance, as you will need to apply these methods to every running virtual machine.

Please follow the methods presented in this list closely to avoid causing any other issues.

Here’s what to do if your VMware autostart is not working

1. Restore your VM from backup
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  1. Open the vSphere Client-> click Home -> Solutions and Applications -> VMware Data Recovery.
  2. Connect to the backup hardware (USB storage or hard-drive).
  3. Click on the Restore tab-> click the Restore link to launch the Virtual Machine wizard.
  4. Inside the Source Selection page -> choose a source -> click Next.
  5. On the Destination Selection page -> choose how the restored machines will be configured -> click Next.
  6. Review the overall configuration -> click Finish.
  7. If this method doesn’t solve your issue, please try the next one.

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2. Check your VMs RAM memory
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  1. Download memtest86+ and install it on your PC.
  2. Extract the ISOfile from the .gz or .zip
  3. Burn the image file to a CD or use an external USB hard-drive to store it.
  4. Boot the host from the CD/USB.
  5. This will automatically start the process of checking all your RAM memory for errors.

Note: It is recommended that you run the tool for several hours at least (1-2 days recommended), to make sure that the entire set of tests have been performed.

3. Remove and re-add the Virtual Machine

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Note: It is recommended that you back up your VM before attempting this method.

To remove the VM:

  1. Turn the VM off before starting this process.
  2. Right-click the VM that you want to remove -> choose the All vCenter Actions option -> Remove From Inventory.
  3. This will remove the VM from your library. Follow the next steps to add it again.

To re-add the VM:

  1. Open the vSphere Client as administrator by right-clicking it and choosing -> Run as administrator.
  2. Right-click an ESXi/ESX host -> choose New Virtual Machine.
  3. Select the option Custom.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions of the wizard until you see the Select a Disk window.
  5. Choose the Use an existing virtual disk option -> navigate to the location of your .vmdk file.
  6. Finish the Create New Virtual Machine wizard.


Please let us know if this guide helped you solve your issue caused by VMware autostart not working.

You can let us know by commenting below this article.


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