Windows guest BSOD (found out it was blue sceening by viewing the 'vmware.log' file in the VMs folder) and then couldn't take ownership of the VM. I tried to suspend it (that was before I knew it was BSOD'ed) and then after that I closed Workstation and then opened back up and still was unable to get the VM to start.
Was using VMware Workstation in Linux (Linux was my Host)
- Close VMware Workstation.
- Locate the virtual machine's folder
- Locate the files/folders with the extension '.vmss' and '.lck', and move to temporary location (in case of further issues(deleting is sometimes not a good idea)).
- Note the '.vmss' file's complete name. Now find the other file that has the same exact file name but the extension is '.vmem'
- Ex from my case:
That was a close one... glad I didn't have to use my backups from a few day earlier... Cause I had made a lot of changes since then(which is probably what caused my VM to BSOD).