How-To: Force VMWare Restart/Shutdown (Mac)

I love using VMWare Fusion on Mac, it’s perfect as I can run everything I need on one machine, and minimise my exposure to windows.  However, sometimes things go astray – windows “goes to sleep” and won’t come back to allow me to restart or shutdown the virtual machine.  How do you fix this?

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Hold down the “option” key and then go to the “Virtual Machine” menu option. You’ll notice that the options switch from “Shutdown” to “Force Shutdown” when you hold down the “option” key.  Simply choose your required “Force” option and you should be back in business!

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