When you start a virtual machine, the guest operating system starts and you can interact with the virtual machine. You can use Workstation to start virtual machines on the host system and on remote servers. You can also stream virtual machines from a Web server.

To start a virtual machine from the command line, use the vmware command. See Using the vmware Command.

You can start a virtual machine from the VM menu or from the toolbar. When you use the VM menu, you can select a soft or hard power option or start the virtual machine in BIOS setup mode.

You can start a virtual machine that is running in the background when Workstation is not started.

When you stream a virtual machine, you can start the virtual machine as soon as the download process begins. When you power off a streamed virtual machine, you are prompted to save or discard changes. If you discard changes, the directory that was created on the local computer and all the virtual machine data are deleted.

With Autologon, you can save your login credentials and bypass the login dialog box when you power on a Windows virtual machine. The guest operating system securely stores the password.