I had a power outage which caused a power loss to the external drive my VMWare virtual system’s running on – this is the wrong way to find out that the battery for my UPS is dead.
As a result, VMWare died a nasty death and hung up. I had to terminate its process in Task Manager to get it to restart, always a semi-risky thing.
When I tried opening up my VM again, I was greeted with the error message “This virtual machine appears to be in use” followed by some instructions to try and take ownership of the system. Those steps didn’t work.
What did work was going in to the VM’s folder and deleting the various lock folders and files, those with an extension of “.lck”. Everything came up just fine after that.
Now I need to go get a replacement battery for my UPS!