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Hyper V Virtual Machine Failed to Start error while starting VM: How to Fix?

Starting off, Hyper-V is a technology from Microsoft that allows PC users to create virtual computer environments and run or manage multiple operating systems on an individual server physically. Hyper-V is a standalone server that only provides a user role to virtualization. Although Hyper-V is a pretty straightforward and reliable service, it has some issues or errors as well which is quite common. Here we’ve shared some of the possible fixes for the Hyper V Virtual Machine Failed to Start error while starting the VM problem.

This is a free-to-use service without any user interface (UI), unlike the Windows server. Whenever a virtual machine failed to start error happens the actual reason can be easily noticeable by following the error notice properly. For instance, if the VM requires more memory than the Hyper V host provides, then it will throw out an error like ‘Not enough memory’ or ‘Ran out of memory’ something like that.

However, sometimes the Hyper-V manager doesn’t give you any particular error notice or suggestion in order to fix the issue quickly. So, if that issue is new to you, then you may have to search for that error message or error code online for a reference. So, whenever you receive an unknown or not so clear error message, try to check the event logs for more reference. You can head over to the Applications and Services \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Hyper-V-VMMS \ Admin log for further details.

Hyper V Virtual Machine Failed to Start error while starting VM: How to Fix?

Steps to Fix Hyper V Virtual Machine Failed to Start error while starting VM

Here we’ve provided some of the possible and most common reasons and solutions below.

1. Virtual Network Issue

It’s quite obvious that even the virtual network setup error or wrong configuration can also cause issues with the virtual machine failed to start error. In that scenario, users will get an error message that says “New Virtual Machine failed to change state. The operation failed with error code 32788.” As we’ve mentioned above, the error message doesn’t require any specific information that users can understand easily.

Therefore, you will just need to create a new virtual machine and delete the existing one that’s reflecting error. In that way, this particular issue can be fixed.

2. Virtual Hard Disk Issue (File Not Found)

In that scenario, the Hyper-V Manager will tell you that “New Virtual Machine failed to change state. The operation failed because the file was not found.” Now, the Hyper-V Manager won’t tell you that this particular error is happening due to the virtual hard disk issue that’s not found.

The Hyper-V will say that the virtual hard disk not found instead of an operating system file not found in the virtual machine’s virtual hard disk. Therefore you will have to head over to the Event Viewer in order to check for the issue and do accordingly. In that case, you should try to create a new VM and delete the existing one in order to solve the issue.

That’s it, guys. We assume that you’ve found this guide useful. Feel free to ask any queries in the comment below.

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