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Powering on a virtual machine in Workstation fails with the error: Unable to open kernel device ".\Global\vmx86" : The system cannot find the file specified (2044686)

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Symptoms

  • Cannot power on a virtual machine in Workstation
  • Powering on a virtual machine in Workstation fails
  • You see the error:

    Unable to open kernel device  ".\Global\vmx86" : The system cannot find the file specified.

    Did you reboot after installing VMware Workstation?

    Failed to initialize monitor device.

Cause

This issue occurs if VMware Workstation did not install correctly on the host.

Resolution

To resolve the issue, reinstall VMware Workstation on the host.
 
To reinstall Workstation:
  1. Close VMware Workstation.
  2. Uninstall Workstation by navigating to Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs or Control Panel > Program and Features.

    For more information, see:
  3. Reboot the host.
  4. Reinstall VMware Workstation using the installer. To download Workstation, see the VMware Download Center. For more information, see Installing and Using Workstation.

    For more information on downloading and installing VMware Workstation, see this video:

See Also

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.

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