Have Workstation 7.1.5-491717 and works fine.  I then uninstall and install 8.0.0-471780 or 8.0.2-591240

And now when trying to run VMWare Workstation I get

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error (vmui)
Exception 0xc0000005 (access violation) has occurred.

I’m on Windows 7 Pro 64Bit.  If I uninstall 8 and go back to 7, it’s fine.  Workstation 8 works fine on my laptop though.

 

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I have Win7 x64, running Workastation 7. I attempted to upgrade to Workstation 8 (30 day trial) and ran into the same problem.

For me it turned out to be related to my “Favorites”. I finally got it working by moving the file “C:\Users\johna\AppData\Roaming\VMware\favorites.vmls” out of the folder it was in (temporarily) and then started VMWare; this time it started. Once started, it genearted a new file called “inventory.vmls”, I then dropped my file back into the folder, just in case I need to revert back to Workstation7.

I assume you might be able to accomplish the same thing by removing all your favorites, but I don’t know.

Hope this helps anyone with this problem.