As with physical computers, you should shut down a guest operating system before you power off a virtual machine.


  • To shut down the guest operating system, shut down the operating system as you would if you were using a physical machine.

    When the guest operating system shuts down, the virtual machine is powered off and Workstation Player exits.

  • To power off a virtual machine without shutting down the guest operating system, select Virtual Machine > Power > Power Off.

    If soft power operations are configured for the virtual machine in Workstation Player, Power Off Guest appears in the menu instead of Power Off.