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The VMware Authorization Service is not running.

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I am running a Windows 2003 Server inside VM Ware on my work PC.

As I needed to reboot the host machine, I went to close down the Windows 2003 Server VM, but hit "Restart" by mistake. As the VM was starting up again, as Windows hadn't loaded yet (we had the black screen with a windows logo, and a progress bar), I killed the VM by closing down its containing window.

Now I've rebooted the host machine, and when I try to play windows 2003 Server VM, the VM player is reporting that "The VMware Authorization Service is not running.".

this after several reboots of the host machine also....

:-(

please help!!
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From your PC, go start --> Run and type services.msc

Scrolling down to the bottom and you should see the service called "VMware Authorization Service". Make sure it started.

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Here is the picture of the service in Services.msc
http://mattrefghi.com/wordpress/the-vmware-authorization-service-is-not-running/

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Hi Kevin, it wasn't starting automatically, nor manually, so I looked at its dependancies.

One set seemed fine, all started up the chain.

The other dependency didn't have a Services icon (white and yellow cogs) but had a PC with a blueish screen as an icon, and was called "VMWare vmx86".

I thought it might be an normal process, so I looked it up in task manager, but couldn't find it.

Anyhow, a few more reboots brought the "VMWare Authorization Service" up again, and I was able to get back into my VM. phew!!!
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Rebooting until it works maybe a temporary solution. It's a fluke! The main problem may be still there. If your service cannot be restarted manually, you may have some permission issue with windows PC. You need to add the following users into local Administrators group:
__vmware_user__
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__vmware__

This will fix your issue permanently!

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Rebooting until it works maybe a temporary solution. It's a fluke! The main problem may be still there. If your service cannot be restarted manually, you may have some permission issue with windows PC. You need to add the following users into local Administrators group:
__vmware_user__
and
__vmware__

This will fix your issue permanently!
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