By default, when you power on several virtual machines in a folder, Workstation Pro delays 10 seconds before powering on the next virtual machine. The power on delay avoids overloading the CPU on the host system when you power on multiple virtual machines. You can change the default power on delay setting by modifying a Workstation Pro preference.


  1. Select Edit > Preferences and select Workspace.
  2. Select the number of seconds for the delay from the Seconds between powering on multiple VMs drop-down menu.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.