VMWare Authorization Service is not running

VMWare Player is one of the virtual machine programs I use while developing software and designing database solutions. I have been using VMWare Player since version 3.0. Then VMWare released version 4.0. Once installed, each VM had to be upgrade as well. But all along, the player never gave me any trouble.

So I was surprised when I received the following message: 

VMWare Player Authorization Service is not running

VMWare Player Authorization Service is not running


VMWare Authorization Service is not running. The first thing to come to mind was to reboot my computer (commonly referred to as a “soft” boot) since I had just previously installed some Windows 7 updates and rebooted.  When that didn’t solve the problem, I did a complete shutdown and start up (known as a “hard” boot).

This again didn’t clear the error. Then it hit me. VMWare Player is acting like SQL Server sometimes does where the service (note the term in the error message) doesn’t start. In Windows 7, click the Start button and type “service” in the ‘search programs and files’ textbox. Click “View local services” listed under Control Panel in the list.

The Services window displays all the available services for your computer. Scroll down the list until you find VMWare Authorization Service and check the status. If it is blank or otherwise indicates it is not running, right-click the service and select Start on the popup menu.


Windows 7 Local Service

Services window



Picture of Local Services Windows 7

If VMWare Player still doesn’t run your VM, then you may not have administrator privileges (even if you are the administrator on the machine) and it won’t start. To correct this issue, do one of the following:


From the Windows 7 Start button

  • Choose All Programs
  • Scroll to VMWare
  • Click VMWare
  • Right-click VMWare Player
  • select properties on the popup menu


From your desktop

  • right-click the VMWare Player shortcut
  • select properties


VMWare Player Properties

  • The Properties window normally opens to the Shortcut tab.
  • If it is not selected, click the Shortcut tab.
  • Next, Click the Advanced … button


VMWare Player Properties

VMWare Player Properties



Advanced Properties

Click the selection box next to “Run as administrator.”

Click the OK button


VMWare Player Advanced Properties

VMWare Player Advanced Properties



VMWare Player Properties

Click the OK button

This should resolve the authorization issue. Remember to always check the local services first if you are experiencing this error condition.


If you have any questions, leave a comment on my blog or contact me through my website. Also you can follow me on my Twitter feed.


About David Muise
I have developed my skills over time by working at various companies manufacturing product for automtive customers, OEM electronic devices, in machine shops and plastic molders. All have one thing in common, they make things. My company helps business by bringing their business data to life so managers can make better informed decisions.

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