How to Fix Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State [Steps]

What is ‘Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State’ issue in Windows 10?

If you are facing ‘Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State’ issue in Windows 10 computer while using Hyper-V platform, and searching for ways to fix, then you are in right-place for the solution. Here, you are provided with easy steps/methods to resolve the issue. Let’s starts the discussion.

‘Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State’ issue:

Hyper-V or Microsoft Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hardware virtualisation product allows you to run different operating systems on your Windows computer. It is Windows built-in feature/function offers you can install multiple operating systems on a single Windows OS based computer using this feature. The computer on which you install Hyper-V is called HOST Machine. However, several users reported they faced Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State issue on their Windows computer while using Hyper-V virtualization platform.

This issue indicates when you start a virtual machine in Hyper-V platform in Windows 10 computer, its state shows ‘Starting (X%)’, where the X% shows the loading percentage. When the VM is loaded 100%, Hyper-V launches the OS on your host machine. But in some case, you may experience ‘Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State’ issue while loading virtual machine on Hyper-V. The possible reasons behind the issue can be the interference of antivirus software, Hyper-V services not running properly, and other issues.

This issue can also be occurred if more than one Virtual Machine is installed on same disk of host machine and you are running all of them at same time, and other issues. One possible way to fix the issue is to restart all Hyper-V services in computer, but there is also some other possible solutions to fix as mentioned in the post. Let’s go for the solution.

How to fix Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State issue in Windows 10?

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Method 2: Kill vmwp.exe process

One possible way to fix the issue is to kill Virtual Machine Worker Process (vmwp.exe) process.

Identify GUID of VM:

It is important to find the correct vmwp.exe process before killing it.

Step 1: Open ‘Hyper-V Manager’, right-click on Virtual Machine and select ‘hyper-V Settings’

Step 2: Select virtual machines from left side and you will see the path where your virtual machine is installed

Step 3: Open File Explorer on host machine and go to installation path, and open the folder with name of your virtual machine and open it. You will see GUID there and note down GUID.

Kill vmwp.exe process:

Step 1: Press ‘CTRL + SHIFT + ESC’ keys on keyboard to open ‘Task Manager’ app

Step 2: Go to ‘Details’ tab, find and right-click ‘vmwp.exe’ process, and select ‘End Task’ to kill the process.

Method 3: Restart all Hyper-V services

Another way to fix the issue is to restart all Hyper-V services in computer.

Step 1: Open ‘Services’ app in Windows PC via Windows Search Box

Step 2: Right-click on each service relating to ‘Hyper-V’, and select ‘Start/Restart’ to restart the service, and then check if the issue is resolved.

Method 4: Add vmwp.exe to exception list of your antivirus

It might possible your antivirus is blocking vmwp.exe process that’s why the issue is occurred. You can fix the issue by adding vmwp.exe as an exception to your antivirus. To do so, you need to open your antivirus software and go to Exclusion section and add vmwp.exe process to it, and once done, check if the issue is resolved.

Conclusion

I am sure this post helped you on How to fix Hyper-V Virtual Machine stuck in Starting State error in Windows 10 with easy ways. You can read & follow our instructions to do so. That’s all. For any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box below.

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