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After Fusion crashed: "The virtual machine appears to be in use" when booting a Boot Camp partition

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VMWare Fusion crashed when the Boot Camp partition was running.  Now when I attempt to start the VM again I get the error "The virtual machine appears to be in use".

I have restarted the host (osx); I have booted into the Boot Camp Windows partition and I'm still getting the error.

I thought it would be a lock file on the host and I removed the files in ~/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/Virtual Machines/Boot Camp.

I'm assuming it is some sort of lock/temp file to indicate that the machine is still running.  Do you have any idea where this file may be stored, or any other possible causes?


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Am I correct that you can boot directly into Windows on the boot partition?

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Here is another suggestion:

"In general do not delete anything from the virtual machine folder with the exception of the lock (*.lck) folders (directories). The data is important, even the files with names that appear strange or contain numbers.
The only time the lock folders (*.lck) should be removed is if one encounters the "... virtual machine appears to be in use" message. Be sure that no virtual machine is actively using the virtual machine data before doing this.
Locking protects the virtual machine data from being used by two or more virtual machines running at the same time - only one virtual machine may use the data at any one time.
After a system crash the locking mechanics are considered stale and should be transparently and quietly cleaned up the next time a virtual machine is accessed. No manual intervention should be necessary. "
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Yes I was able to boot directly into Windows on the Boot Camp partition.

Being that it was a boot camp partition I wasn't as concerned with saving the settings as I was with getting it back up and running.  

Uninstalling and re-installing Fusion resolved the issue.
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