You can start a powered-off guest operating system in your virtual machine.

Certain actions, such as making changes to the virtual machine configuration, require having a virtual machine open without the operating system powered on. After the action is complete, you can start the operating system.


  • Start the virtual machine's operating system, depending on the state of the virtual machine and guest operating system.
    • If the virtual machine is not running, open the virtual machine from the Finder or Virtual Machine Library.

      Fusion starts the virtual machine's operating system when you open the virtual machine.

    • If the virtual machine is already open in Fusion, but the operating system is shut down, select Virtual Machine > Start Up.