VMware authorization is not functional

If, when you try to power on a VMware virtual machine on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 host machine, and the action fails with the error message VMware authorization is not functionalthen this article is intended to help you with the most appropriate solutions to the problem.

VMware Workstation cannot connect to virtual machine

When you encounter this problem, you receive the full error message along the following lines;

VMware workstation
VMware Workstation cannot connect to the virtual machine. Make sure you have the necessary rights to run the program, access all directories used by the program, and access all temporary file directories.
VMware authorization is not functional.

You will encounter this problem mainly for one of the following reasons;

  • VMware authorization is not functional.
  • The service does not have administrator rights.

VMware authorization is not functional

Yes VMware authorization is not functional on your Windows 11/10 PC, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps fix the problem.

  1. Restart the computer
  2. Start the VMware Authorization Service
  3. Provide administrator rights to VMware Authorization Service
  4. Repair VMware Workstation
  5. Contact VMware Support

Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved regarding each of the listed solutions.

1]Restart the computer

You can start troubleshooting to fix VMware authorization is not functional on your Windows 11/10 PC by simply restarting your host machine. This action usually fixes minor issues like this. However, if the problem persists after restarting the PC, you can proceed to the next solution.

2]Start VMware Authorization Service

Start the VMware Authorization Service

To start the VMware Authorization Service or to check if it is running on your system, follow these steps:

  • hurry Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type services.msc and press Enter to open Services.
  • In the Services window, scroll down and locate the VMware Authorization Service.
  • Double-click the entry to edit its properties.
  • In the properties window, click the drop-down menu on the Start type and select Automatique.
  • Then click on To start up to start the service if the service is not already showing a Started status.

To note: The VMware Authorization service depends on the Windows Management Instrumentation service. This service should also work. If the VMware Authorization Service does not start or starts and then stops, locate and start the Windows Management Instrumentation service.

  • Click on Apply > Okay to save changes.
  • Restart the computer.

But if the VMware Authorization Service is already showing a Started status and the current issue is not resolved, the service does not have admin rights. Try the following solution.

3]Provide admin rights to VMware Authorization Service

To provide administrator rights to the VMware Authorization Service on your system, follow these steps:

The issue in question should be resolved now. Otherwise, try the next solution.

4]Repair VMware Workstation

Repair VMware Workstation

This solution requires you to perform a repair upgrade to resolve the issue. A repair upgrade is a process of installing VMware Workstation over the existing one on your hard drive, using your installation package file. The procedure, if successful, can repair damaged operating system files while preserving your personal files, settings, and installed applications.

To perform a repair using the original VMware Workstation installer, follow these steps:

  • Download the VMware Workstation installer.
  • Once the installation package file is downloaded, you can start the repair immediately by simply double-clicking the file to mount it.
  • In the VMware Workstation Configuration window, click Following continue to repair.
  • Click on repair option and wait while the wizard performs the repair process.
  • After the repair operation is complete, you can click Restart now to initiate a reboot, or start again later if you plan to restart your system later.

Upon startup, the issue should be resolved. Otherwise, try the next solution.

5]Contact VMware Support

If none of the solutions in this article worked for you, you can contact VMware support at vmware.com/support/services and see what help they can provide to resolve the issue.

I hope this helps you!

Similar item: How to Fix VMware Internal Error on Power On.

Why is my VMware not working?

If VMware is not working on your Windows 11/10 host machine, it could be due to several reasons. Usually, to fix the problem, you can shut down the virtual machine and then restart your host machine. After your host machine restarts, reopen the workstation. Download and reinstall VMware Workstation. This ensures that you have the latest version and any missing or corrupt virtual network settings are replaced/repaired.

Will VMware work on Windows 11/10?

VMware Workstation runs on standard x86 hardware with 64-bit Intel and AMD processors and 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems. VMware Workstation Pro and Player run on most 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems.

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