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Error while powering on:  The operation was canceled by the user

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Sorry if this sounds cheesy because I have VMWare Player FREE 5.x.  Yesterday, while VMWare Player was running XP Professional on our Windows 7 Professional computer, we had to do a hard restart on Windows 7.  Since that time when I try to launch the virtual machine, I get the message that there was an error powering on.  I can see that the VM is sitting in a suspended mode.  

My question, is there a way to force a shutdown on that puppy.  Nothing was open when it went down.

TIA
Harold
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Did you try rebooting the Windows 7 PC again? There's indications here that doing that may work:
http://superuser.com/questions/84271/how-to-recover-a-vmware-virtual-machine

Another option would be creating a new VM using the disc image from the original one.
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That is exactly what I found out too.  So I rebooted Win7 and it came right up.
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by:Fernando Martin Maroto
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This problem on Windows Systems is caused by some file been used by a process.  Try to rename the folder where your VM is. You may find that you can't rename the folder because the folder is locked by some process. Interestingly, even if you restart your host Windows machine you will not be able to rename the folder.  

Just reenter Windows on safe mode and rename the folder.  Then restart Windows normally. You should be able to restart your VM.
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